Suck It Up or Just Suck

For the past three years, 49er fans have been able to count on a shutdown defense to make them more than competitive in every game the team played. So far this year, that is not the case.

In the Arizona game, the Cardinals punted once in the second quarter and never punted again. The Bears punted five times in the first half, then never punted at all in the second half.

The 49ers are not an elite team now. They’ll have to scratch and claw for victory against everybody. Unless the offense stops flirting with greatness and actually arrives there.

OTOH, nothing can help them if they don’t knock off the penalty parade. Whether they’ve suddenly lost composure team wide or the NFL is targeting them for their physical play is open for debate. But it has to stop or they’re dead in the water.

Philadelphia HC Chip Kelly said the Eagles picked 6-3 WR Jordan Matthews to get some size at slot receiver. He’ll be matched against the 49ers’ 5-10 Jimmie Ward. Terrific. This does not bode well. Ward was torched for three TDs by a similarly tall WR, Brandon Marshall, in the Bears game.

As discussed here last night, many of us have been clamoring for Tank Carradine to be active on game day to rush the passer. We’ve waited an entire year for him to be ready. But according to the 49ers and Carradine himself, he’s still learning the playbook and that’s why he hasn’t suited up. Good grief. Tank was here all last year and through training camp and he still doesn’t know the playbook? This is either total bullshit or Tank is an extremely not bright lad or he’s too lazy to study. Take your pick and there are no good choices. Very disheartening.

Chip Kelly likes to run the ball as much, or even more so, than Jim Harbaugh. Even on “obvious passing situations.” So there’s little chance that Tank, who’s only marketable skill at the moment is rushing the passer, will be playing this Sunday, either.

The Eagles defense is not in the same zip code as the Arizona defense, so you would expect the 49ers’ offense to put up more than the two touchdowns they’ve achieved in each of the first three games. But how the defense is planning to hold the Eagles to a reasonable amount is currently a mystery.

The 49ers rose to the occasion last year when two game losing streaks put them at 1-2, and then 6-4. Can they do it again this year?

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78 comments on “Suck It Up or Just Suck
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I knew from watching Eagles games that they like to run the football a lot. I did not know they run it more than RoBaugh. Do you have any numbers to show some of this?

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I said “maybe.” I was speaking more about philosophy than actual data. So, I emulated Chuck and just tossed it out there without bothering to actually check the stats.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t like it, Skippy? Tough. Sue me. Hyuk.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, last year Philly was 50/50 pass/run (508 passes/500 runs).

    This year? 128 passes to 85 runs. 61% passes. It’s early but they aren’t running like last year.

    McCoy averaged 100 yards a game last year. This year he’s not even at 60 yards per game.

    Again, it’s early, but they seem to be going away from the run, for whatever reason. Like the passing game is working pretty fricking well.

    But I think they try to run on us to keep the ball out of our hands.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of defense, pretty defensive there, Skeebs . . .

    “Maybe” my ass. Don’t blame your laziness on my laziness . . . Speaking of defensive, sure has been amenable around here without a certain someone stirring the shit all the time.

    BTW, the Niners passes 417 times last year and ran 505 times. That puts the Niners at 45%/55% pass/run. Philly was 50%/50% as noted earlier.

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

    Skeebers channeling his inner Frank Caliendo and imitating Chuck.
    That’s turrible.

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

    The Eagles are going to run to keep the ball out of our hands?
    I think it’s the other way around. Their OL has been decimated with injuries. They’re getting no push and creating no room for McCoy to run. Somehow they’re still able to pass pro and keep Foles upright for the most part. I’d envision Nick flinging it around 40+ times once again.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Probably the reason Philly is so pass happy this year is they’ve been behind so much.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That was an excellent call by Del noting the “Skeebers channeling his inner Frank Caliendo and imitating Chuck.”

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

    I sneaked into the Santa Clara facility and got my hands on a copy of Tank’s playbook. No wonder he’s having such a hard time comprehending. All those X’s and O’s are confusing.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Great job by Bergs saying that it was an good call by Del noting that Skeebers channeling his inner Frank Caliendo and imitating Chuck, was awesome.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny thing about the Eagle/Indy game is that I told my son, when Indy wimped out in the red zone and kicked the FG, they are going to lose.

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Why would *anyone* not pass against us? We have a decent run defense, we have no pass rush, and our DBs are the weakest unit of our defense. The truth points to itself. If I was Kelly, I would throw 50 times against us, unless we show we can stop it.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, DeMarco Murray carved us up pretty good. Chi and AZ didn’t even bother to run. I think Philly’s gonna try to play keep-away.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    More bad news on the pass defense front. Antoine Bethea is questionable with a bad anklke this weekend. Craig Dahl, welcome to the toaster . . .

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    Good jod by chuck saying it was a good job by berger saying it was a good call by dennis noting skeebers challing his inner frank caliendo

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    Omg if bethea can’t go we’re in trouble

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    We should slide brooks into aldon’s passrush role and stick skuta in for brooks. Also activate tank. We need passrush more than anything!

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    Big game this week
    We need a win
    Beat philly!!!

  20. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Our beloved perennial doormats, the UNM Lobos, had big bad Fresno St. on the ropes just before halftime (shoulda been 24-7, wound up 17-14 at half). Now it’s 31-24 Bulldogs. The Lobos have no killer instinct, kinda like an NFL team we all know and love.

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Actually 28-21 at the time of my last post, 35-24 now. Another 1-11 season coming up (sigh). Amazing they beat the NM State Aggies.

    Lobos football never ceases to produce. Suckdom year after year after year. Hi Jed! Remember life before Harbaugh?

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco is reporting that Bethea will play on Sunday making his 100th straight start.

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

    Barry Zito had a streak of 356 games without missing a start due to injury. Streaks of longevity are not necessarily a good thing.

    Due the right thing. Root for players to get injured.

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

    I’m rattling my brain right now as to why I wrote “due” instead of “do.”
    Maybe I’m thinking my horse is due? Good luck with that shit Dennis.

  25. robNo Gravatar says:

    Well DENNIS maybe this means your horse is due due

  26. robNo Gravatar says:

    I’m pretty confused by our offensive playcalling. Arizona managed to beat or blitzing with screens and other blitzbeaters. We just kept going with 4 or 5 WR’s and an empty backfeild. We should have hyde or gore in more often when we pass. This gives us more options. We are telegraphing our intentions by going 4 and 5 wides and throwing as much as we do when we run gore up the middle against 8 and nine in the box! We have to stop limiting our options and keep defenses honest by having plays/formations that allow us to run or pass.
    I wonder why we never roll kaep out!?!? With his legs he’d be killer rolling out!

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rolling out only works with different levels to throw to, and even then, you cut the field in half in terms of covering. Shit, I don’t know. This game is going to be a shootout on one side of the field. I juust hope we hold up our side. I think we bring back the run game tomorrow. Try to play keep-away.

    Harbaugh’s usually good at rallying the troops, but this game doesn’t look like a good matchup for the niners right now.

  28. robNo Gravatar says:

    Its gameday! !!!!!

  29. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end?

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The difference between 2-2 and 1-3 is pretty significant. 1-3 at the quarter pole, and we will be hard-pressed to reach the playoffs.

    Although the parity factor plays in . . .

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t say I have much confidence in a victory today. I don’t trust the defense and I don’t trust our QB.

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

    But if the Niners still had Alex at QB we’d be a lock today?

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

    Think I heard the stat that only 15% of teams starting 1-3 make the playoffs since the new format started. If you don’t like those odds, I would suggest winning today.

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    Our players need to step up and take this one. We need to avoid mistakes and penalties. We have to beat philly and the refs today.
    When we go with multiple WR sets i want to see hyde in to act as an outlet or block or run. Not so many empty backfeilds. No running into 8or9 in the box either. We need to find a happy medium.
    Some screens and blitz beaters and rollouts too please.

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

    Happy medium? I’m a disgruntled 2XL.

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    I want to see tank, dial and our new LB lynch today! Might as well lay all of our cards on the table!!!

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    As the Lambs don’t play today, a 49er loss today would put us all alone in last place in the division.

    This is a big game.

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

    Three rookie QBs starting today: Carr, Bortles and Bridgewater. The one rookie that *should* be starting is standing on the sideline.

    Johnny Clipboard.

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Tank Carradine inactive again for 49ers.”

  40. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Tank doesn’t know the playbook. 28-17 Niners

    (There’s my Norman Chad snarky comment/prediction of the week. Oh, and years after Chad retired from his football column, Dan Snyder is still an idiot.)

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

    The Eagles LG and C both will be making their first NFL start.
    No excuses.

  42. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Jimi goes nuts on sideline as Kaepernick wastes a time out on 4th down. Kap not playing smart or throwing particularly well again today. Shakey

  43. robNo Gravatar says:

    Omg if wwe lose this game after that series

  44. robNo Gravatar says:

    Niners 26 eagles 21

  45. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I said 28-17. I win.

  46. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep RT good call. The only call but still…

  47. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    LOL Phil. I thought the competition was tough.

  48. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Injuries to VD and A Davis are making it hard to move the ball. This time special teams are the weak link but D bails O and ST out for 1st win at Levis. Nothing is easy this year esp on O. But overall we played better as a team. Big win disappoints the negative nellies…

  49. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Actually played hard in the 2nd half = good to see that this year.

  50. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Next week should be more of the same. Alex will rarely go deep; it’ll be dink and dunk Reid all the way. Will Charles be healthy? I think we can stop him.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lemonier lost his spot as placeholder for Aldon to Lynch.
    That was the right move.
    The defense saved the day. With Brock out the D was missing 4 starters again.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Something has to be done about getting plays off in time. It is sad that Kap is oblivious to the play clock still. Kap is calling the signals and it’s always a long count that never draws the defense offsides. The delay of game on third and short almost cost the Niners the game.
    Kap also needs to hit open receivers like Boldin on the third down and Crabtree on the crossing pattern that was a TD. Footwork and mechanics.

  53. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No surprise here: “HC Dennis Allen is fired and an announcement could come as soon as Tuesday.”

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Aaron Lynch did the job I was hoping Tank would do. What a great pick he was.

    We didn’t get any sacks today but Foles had to throw early too often for their offense to gel. The pressure was good enough to affect the outcome of the game.

  55. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    We hit Foles a lot today. That was welcome to see.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hate to say it but…..I’m not too impressed with Kaep as a pocket passer by any stretch.
    He’s still locking onto a Receiver and lacks the ability to lead a receiver or throw them open.
    Everything is a fastball.
    Missed slants and crossers that could have put this game away early.

    Kudos to the D today.
    Offense did enough to keep the Philly D on the field.
    TOP was dominant.
    We still suck sack in the Red Zone too.
    No rhythm, no creativity.
    Lucky to steal this one IMO.

    Game Ball to Fangio and the D.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Once again, Harbaugh mismanages the clock, wastes challenges and, Kaep watches playclocks expire like he’s waiting on microwave popcorn.
    4th quarter, tight game and we’re left with ZERO timeouts at our discretion.
    After holding them out of the end zone and gettig the ball back deep, so you think we could find a way to pick up ONE 1st down?
    Sloppy performance overall from the O.

    Did enough to grab the Win however.
    Can’t complain too much I guess.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was impressed with Kap’s play. He was under more pressure than Foles and played much better. I’m not sure what people expect from a QB when he is under such pressure. Tom Brady is about average this year. Why? because he is getting more pressure this year than in the past. Sure Kap has areas to improve but his performance was quite impressive when considering he was getting bounced around like a pinball.

    Kap did a very nice job going to 2nd and third receivers today. He locked on 2 or 3 times which is normal for any QB to do in an NFL game. One cost him an int.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I still think he’d benefit from some WCO 3-step drop stuff Berger.

    He’s not getting protection consistantly, that’s a given.

    For me, he’s got to take some heat off the fastball and, hit the slants or, we should employ more dump offs until we can provide him a better pocket to operate in.
    Love the fact that he can move and throw.
    Design some rollouts perhaps?

    I just hate using him as an extension of the running game.
    He’s gonna get nailed sooner or later and take an unncessary injury doing it.

    He bought time today when things broke down at least.
    It’s a start.
    Finding Frank was a broken play that came up big thankfully.

  60. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’d feel something about Kap’s ability to pass out of the pocket if the line could actually block for him to get time to throw a pass from the pocket. On a 5 step drop, there’s usually a d lineman there with him in the backfield. Blitzes completely blow them away.

    Forget 4 seconds, he rarely gets 2. And where are the slants to get the ball out quick?

  61. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    For all the shots he took, I thought Kappy did well, the touch passes down the sidelines were perfect. The pass to Stevie Wonder was on a line, and it had to be and the pass to Gore was a pass that not very many QBs can’t make.

  62. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    *can* of course.

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Helps the OLine too by getting the ball out quickly.

    Trust me, a WIN is a WIN, I’ll take them anyday of the week.

    I just thought we could’ve pitched a 38-10 game today, given the way we stymied their O.

    Philly’s D is mediocre at best.
    We allowed them to look like world beaters by having them in the backfield all afternoon.
    We’ve got to be better than that.
    If they want to bring the house, we have to have something quick to beat it.
    We’re a work in progress with this passing game but, I saw several drag routes being overlooked today which Kaep could’ve easily escaped pressure against if he’d have known to look for it.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Teams are jumping our slants. I would like to see a pump fake on the slant and go (sluggo) and hit it over the top to keep them honest.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I agree with all you said.
    Seems the book on us is to send the house into the A-gaps and disrupt everything.
    We need to find a way to beat it, that’s all I’m suggesting.

    Yes Kaep makes a lot of spectacular plays.
    Just wish we’d find a way to cut down on the mayhem he’s dealing with.

    For all the nitpicking I’m doing today, we gutted out the win.
    That makes it worth the angst.

    Defense was lights out and the Offense gave them a rest today.

    Good to see.

  66. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Anything Berger.
    Just get it out and keep Kaep from taking unnecessary hits.
    We showed some nice designed runs for him, especially the outside run to Staley’s side.
    Bruce and Carlos, Iupati too, blocked that up extremely well.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep still needs work on his mechanics too.
    He’s got great body control and an unbelievably strong arm which allows him to pull it off.
    Can’t rely on that all the time though.
    At least we finally got the new stadium jinx corrected today.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe the simple answer is to design rollouts more frequently?
    Rodgers makes a living doing that, Russell too.
    Getting blasted by DTs isn’t pretty.

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

    Harbaugh lost both challenges today. Really no excuse for him or any other HC for that matter to lose a challenge. All that is required is a thorough knowledge of the NFL rule book and a HD monitor. If boobs like me sitting at home call ’em correct, no reason they can’t either. But Harbaugh just gives away TO after TO.

    But the biggest concern is that we’re two years removed from our SB loss and Kap still doesn’t possess what it takes to win a Super Bowl, and Jim Harbaugh sure in the hell doesn’t possess what it takes from a HC to win the big game.

    No progress. No Super Bowl.

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

    There can be no argument: Seattle still has the better QB, HC and home field advantage. If you think otherwise you’re just being a complete 49er homer and you’re doing a disservice to football and yourself.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    True Del.
    I feel the same way today. Frustrated to watch the play clock evaporate like no one on our Offense knew it was there.
    No excuse for that sh!t at this point.
    Not a clean game in so many ways.
    Same old stupid stuff we’ve been kvetching about for a long time.

    Kaep just looks overwhelmed too often, with simple basic stuff like getting a play off on time.

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta get this crap cleaned up.
    How long does it take?
    Seems to me the QB can’t be calm and collected when the HC is anything but.

    Apple and tree theory at work here?

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

    That’s it, NJ. Harbaugh’s antics and demeanor have not only rubbed off to Kap on the field, but he’s programmed him to follow suit with the press conferences to be curt and terse.

    Maybe it means nothing, but when I see Russell Wilson speaking wearing a suit and tie conversing eloquently and smooth without a hitch, it’s a direct reflection of his play on the field.

    Calm and serene or hectic and hurried? It makes a difference.

  74. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    What, Kaepernick doesn’t measure up to the standards of Miss Manners? Perish the thought. I’m more concerned about his decision making myself.

    BTW NJ how good will it feel to give the evil eye to yer Philly fan co-worker after this one? Also would appreciate hearing any “Kelly-cuses” he might offer as to why they are not 4-0. Yeah OL hurting, whatever. LOL.

    After 2 weeks of humility a heaping dish of Gloating goes down just right

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil he was texting me all throughout the 1st half as expected once we fell behind.

    But like the pussies they are, they can’t handle reality in the end.

    He’s calling Kelly, Reid 2.0 now, for not running more.
    Shady is another DJax in waiting.
    Full of himself and not willing to work.
    He can’t hold Franks’ jock.

    I told him you don’t run with injured OLinemen do you?
    Can’t have it both ways, except in The City of Brotherly Love.
    They’re delusional. Born that way unfortunately, for them.

    They were 3-0 against teams they should’ve beaten.
    Big whoop.

    I’m not impressed with their D whatsoever.
    But, we made them look like the ’85 Bears today.
    They spent plenty of time in our backfield today, for some strange reason.

    I’m just pissed that we didn’t smack them 38-10.
    Our D was that good.
    Our O?
    Not so much.

  76. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    You called the win tho and seemed pretty confident about it. But still haven’t come close to playing a complete game. Work in progress…

  77. 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