Sustainable Growth?

When the 2019 schedule came out, it looked like the 49ers had a real shot at opening the season with three straight losses – maybe even five.

The first two games were in the Eastern time zone, where the team hadn’t won since Harbaugh was prowling the sideline. Then came home games against the Steelers and much hyped Browns, followed by a trip to Los Angeles to face the Rams.

So the victory over the Buccaneers was vital. The team still might lose the next four games, but there’s at least a reasonable hope that won’t happen.

The Steelers and Browns both looked like horse manure last Sunday, and if that’s a true indication, they’re both beatable. The Bengals were supposed to be the weakest team on the opening gambit, but they gave the Seahawks all they could handle up in Seattle, before losing by one point. Maybe they’re not as bad as most people thought they would be.

Then again, using the first game of the season as an indicator of what’s to come is a proven way to be laughed out of court four games later.

The Bengals are still a bit of a mystery this year. Which is surely fine with their fans after sixteen years of Marvin Lewis‘s good-but-no-cigar teams that made the playoffs seven years and lost the first game each and every time. His .518 winning percentage over that time is the very definition of slightly better than mediocre. Of course, having Mike Brown, the stingiest owner in the NFL, pinching out the player paychecks probably doesn’t help an HC’s recruiting ability.

The new HC is Zac Taylor, formerly with the Rams. Cincinnati is hoping he brought some of Sean McVay‘s magic dust and not McVay’s vanishing act in last year’s SB. We’ll be hoping for the latter this week.


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28 comments on “Sustainable Growth?
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I think we are good enough to play with just about any team. But, that would all fall apart with a key injury or two. So to me it’s a week to week operation. When you make as many mistakes as we made last week and still be able to come out on top says something, that is what good teams do.

  2. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    What’s funny is you thinking the Bucs and the Bengals were better than us. The back end of the schedule is the hard part.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well we lost in Tampa last year by 18. Hell, we lost to the Tards. I doubt we could have beat the average small college team on the road last year. So there is that, at least.

  4. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    We are our own worst enemy. I we can cut the penalties, we should be able to beat the Bengals. Play like last week, and it’s doubtful.

    Arians gave that game to us last week by going away from the run after running the ball down our throats for 2 drives late in the game

  5. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    TB may be better than I thought. They sure put it to Carolina. On the road no less. Cincy? Jeckyll and Hyde. No AJ Green but that didn’t slow down Ginger.

    Our DBs are in for a test that’s for sure. Would love to see more sacks. De Fo Bu had an unusually quiet game. And Alexander needs to finish. He was having a great game before getting tossed.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt we see Bosa in week 2, it sounds like he’s still having trouble with the ankle.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If Bosa isn’t right we probably need to sit him for a week. We’ll need him at 100% later in the year. Blair isn’t Bosa but he is not horrible either, and you still have Ford on the other side.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco: “Thanks to CEO Jed York for being our guest on the podcast to talk about Youngstown, the 49ers and T.O. despite sustaining a nasty wasp sting on his lip just minutes earlier.”

    Haha. An appropriate place to get stung, IMHO.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    No one cares what you think, Jed. Shut the Frak up and just sign the checks.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hekawi Medicine Man pissing pants at sight of fat lipped fat head Jed

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Startling: “Winston had a passer rating of 4.9 when he threw at Witherspoon.” If Witherspoon can play at that level going forward half our CB issues are over.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives:

    CJ Beathard
    Trent Taylor
    Jalen Hurd
    Jimmie Ward
    Tevin Coleman
    Daniel Brunskill
    Jason Verrett

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tweets that there are a lot of Niner fans in the stands, Bosa good to go and Gould is hitting FGS from 54 yds from each direction in warmups.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    That first drive felt like 1981. Working the ball right down the field on the first drive, ending with a WR WIDE OPEN with no DB even in the same Zip Code. That was beautiful. Somewhere above, Bill Walsh is smiling.

    Now can we keep it up?

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Apparently so.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looking ahead Rohlisberger was knocked out of the Seahag game so that injury bears watching.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bungles are hapless.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    A bad team gets completely physically beat in the running game, eventually they can just collapse. That’s where the Bengals are now. They just want to get the clock run out and end this nightmare. We have been there ourselves more than a few times in recent years.

    Next week’s game is going to be huge. 3-0 at the bye? I’d take that any season…

    Just hoping Staley and Ford are okay now.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We looked pretty good, Cincy’s defense looked pretty slow but that might have been the play calling. Anyway, two road wins to start the season is just what we needed.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bad news. Staley has a broken fibula.
    Shanahan thinks he can be back in 6-8 weeks.

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well… Shit. That’s Not Good.

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Unless we pick up someone this week, our starting left tackle is Justin Skule. He did not look very impressive in camp, and I wasn’t even sure he’d make the team. I’d guess we’ll look carefully at whatever is in the discard pile this week.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Time to shuffle the Oline.
    IMO move McGlinchey to LT, kick Person out to RT a position he’s played before and start Garland at RG.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Another observation: Dante Pettis had better pull his head out of his ass and get to work, or the bus is going to leave without him.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Steeler game is now a trap gamed, the so called GPS game.

    Their RB Conner was also knocked out of the game in the 4th quarter. He did not return.

    Can’t overlook this team even if they are missing key pieces as it’s the return of Vance McDonald who scored 2 TDs today.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Props to Shanahan who totally outcoached Taylor.

    His gameplan had the Bungles on their heels all game.

    The Oline opened wide open lanes for the RBs and gave Jimmy G some comfort in the pocket allowing him to pick out open receivers.

    Todays Fox Analyst Spielman said the Niners had the best play caller in football. It sure looked that way today.

  27. 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