Slaughter House Four

The blogosphere bellied up to bar last week, thumping and howling for scalps, and then spilled out into the streets to burn and pillage the town of Ninerville, USA. It was an ugly and embarrassing spectacle of fandom gone berserk. Fie uponst thou, fickle and wimpy creatures. Shame, shame, and quadruple shame.

Not here at the Outsider, however, which is a Yahoo Free Zone. And tonight the 49ers will take the field again to play football game number two of the 2010 NFL season. Hallelujah!

The team’s NFC West rivals all spent Sunday losing their games, which was nice. And also a reminder just how bad this division is. The Rams lost to the Raiders, the Seahawks were slaughtered by Denver, and Arizona was slaughtered by Atlanta. Maybe we should rename the division to Slaughter House Four. The Rams are the only team yet to experience a slaughterdom, and they are 0-2.

Four of the off season’s major concerns for the 49ers were how fast the young O-line would jell, how different Jimmy Raye’s offense would look this year, how well Alex Smith would play in his long awaited second year in the same offensive system, and how vulnerable the secondary might be. The first game fiasco in Seattle ripped open all four scabs rather pointedly.

That the team failed miserably in all four categories of concern was enough for many fans to quit on the season after one game. This site prefers to keep a Daubers Up attitude and focus on one game at a time, realizing that this division is so bad it could put a team in the playoffs that sports a losing record. The NFL has seen an 8-8 team make the playoffs, but not yet a 7-9 or 6-10 team. It could happen this year.

That’s a worst case scenario, just to calm down the nerves a bit. It still seems likely that this team will mature into a better team than last year’s 8-8 squad and improve as the season progresses. The O-line will get better. Michael Crabtree will catch more than two passes for twelve yards. And the secondary will be good enough to beat most teams.

Outside of the team lighting up the scoreboard somewhere along the line this season, however, Raye & Smith will continue to get roasted by fans whenever the team loses, and a lot of times even when they win. These two fellows have become icons of fan frustration and that will not go away. Even making the playoffs will not be enough to make these two popular.

Tonight’s game against the Saints will be at Candlestick and the team will play much better than it did in Seattle. They played good up there for the first twenty-three minutes, much like an Exhibition game, but the second team did not come in as in those games, and instead the first team stayed in there to look like second stringers.

Whether an improved performance tonight will be enough to beat the Saints is doubtful. Still, it’s an easier game to watch simply because of the low expectations. You can’t beat the Saints without a pass rush and there was none in Seattle. Ahmad Brooks returns to the lineup tonight, but it’s difficult to imagine him making an impact after a six week layoff. Travis LaBoy appears to be our best hope in that department for now. Parys Haralson seems to be playing his way off the team.

The mood of the fans is definitely testy right now. Another ugly loss would unleash the Fire Someone Now maelstrom. A win would be epic. It’s only the second game of the season, but it already feels like playoff atmosphere tense. Let’s go guys! Bring the fans back to life tonight!

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23 comments on “Slaughter House Four
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs…After the ugly scene in Seattle last week..i fully expected extreme ugliness this week.. after further refection on my part.. im thinking maybe the stars have alligned to a point that our beloved 9ers may pull of a stunner and BEAT…yes i said BEAT the Saints. the wife and kids think ive been smokin something but it may happen!! the Saints have to think the niners arent as tough as avertised…and if the team doesnt come out with an attitude after last weeks debacle…and being at home…id be very surprised…(and if not….then fire the entire staff)

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Look at the bright side, after tonights loss we will be only one game behind first. And another thing, I still haven’t seen any Mayans!

  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the thing I felt miost profoundly last weekend was a smashing of expectations. Upon further reflection, the situation COULD just be a game that just got out of hand and they screwed the proverbial pooch.

    That’s about all I can hope for. This team needs to show that it can play good football against a good team. All last week showed was they can come unraveled at the drop of a hat (or swing pass to the FB with no hands).

    All that being said, I think they lose 28-17. A decent showing, but not enough in the end. I’ll take that as a sign of progress.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Why aren’t I banging up against the walls for tonight’s game yet? I should already be on pins and needles by now, but those two pricks were used to burst my bubble last week. I need to go find my lost energy. I think somebody stole it. Maybe I should go ask the Mayans who’ve been shacked up at my place for the past week, they look like a bunch of sneaky bastards.
    Saints 2012 Sneaky Mayan Bastards 0

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nice to see you back from the ledge, Dennis. Baby steps.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Raye needs a leader for his offense. Just follow our Pied Piper, Moran Norris, the Niner Piper! That is our play calling for 1st and 2nd downs.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Dennis. It sucks that what was going to be a return to relevancy is a struggle for competence.

    Hey, they could do well to play like a pro team. That’s about all to hope for now.

    That being said, I’m sure the ledges in Dallas and Minnesota are getting crowded.

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    One last thing, Gore gets 3 TDs, and 150 yards, and I kick Dennis’ ass in FF . . .

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It doesn’t matter how you start, only how you finish. I still think this team will hit its stride before mid-season and finish up on a strong roll. Ready for the playoffs.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s almost a given based on their schedule, Skeebs.

    I’d like to see them take some tough teams.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s a process, Chuck. They have to learn to believe in themselves first and acquire a winners mentality.

  12. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve pretty much written off this game. However, I am going to be watching for one thing – a professional approach to the game.
    I want to see Alex Smith make throws off his front foot, without looking like he “hears the footsteps.”
    I want to see Sing, regardless of the score, watch the game with enough calm detachment to make quick, strong decisions.
    I want to see Raye call plays that fit together, using “Gore behind Norris into the center of the line for 1-yard” to set up a later play from the same formation that tricks NO with play-action or some such.
    I want to see the secondary in the same camera shot as the WR they are supposed to be covering.
    That’s my success definition for tonight’s game. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You forgot one thing, Fletch: no time outs because the play call was late arriving.

  14. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you, Skeebers. I should have used that for Raye.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, that’s what last year was for. The learning proceess.

    THIS is supposed to be the real thing. THIS is my fear. THIS this is all they got.

    Which means a new set of coaches. Who may or may not want to come aboard due to the nonsensicalness of the front office. Wh8ich means another inexperienced type looking to make a name for himself.

    I know, getting ahead of myself.

  16. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    its all the histrionics of last weeks wheels,not that they came off, but how they came off, that gets allot of fans in a swirl.
    beating the Saints really boils down to control the TOP,which the team did last sun to start the game, and composure when things get tight, and with Brees there gonna be tight.
    now what do I want to see,I want to see a defensive performance like the one we saw against Arizona, fearless hitting and a solid performance from the D-line.
    Smith also needs to perform without pressure, meaning the line needs to protect, and the young Samoan needs to step up and crush some linebackers to open a running lane or 2.
    I also want to see Westbrook in there in several situations including goal line, Brian would have caught that floater in the end zone, where Norris can not make the last second adjustments.
    in a situation like that smith needs to get the ball in there not try to powder puff it in, to a brick handed FB.
    lastly the team needs to see the coaches show a winning attitude,guiding the team not looking like a mess after one qtr of play, the team will reflect the coaches demeanor in there play I don’t expect a win but the team can win if it puts together a solid effort, the Vikes came close.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the Niners discovered last week that TOP means nothing without the points. You have the ball all that time, you need more than 6 points.

    Even if the Niners get up by 14 (gasp!) they need to be aware of this fact. They can’t sit on leads. They need to keep the pressure on. This includes running, but ad nauseum, not out of their fucking pro set. At least not with Upchuck Norris in there.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Face it, this is Moran Norris’s offense. If he is in the game I give up on these coaches.

  19. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    A disappointing loss, but, unlike last week, not a demoralizing one. It was a more professional game. looks like the slow play-calling problems have been solved. Thought Smith looked terrific on the last drive. The team played well enough to win. The team played poorly enough to lose. I do feel better about the season than I did at 5 this evening.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Next game is a must win game.

  21. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    the team beat its self tonight some really stupid mistakes were costly, not only in points but potential scoring opportunity’s to move ahead of the Saints.

  22. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    21 followed 77 several times this evening. brought me great joy, and kept brees pacing on the sidelines.

    if it weren’t for the self-inflicted gaffes of pop warner, the niners could have actually pulled it off.

    i’ll second the motion for next game is must win.

  23. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s too late for the “must win” stuff now guys. Too late I’m afraid. Why oh why did they not take heed to the true “must win” game of the year.
    Seattle is a MUST WIN!
    Game over, we lose.

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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
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10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
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