The Fallen Idols Bowl

Now that fans have expressed their outrage over losing a game nobody expected us to win in the first place, it’s time to move along to the next opponent. One that the 49ers specialize in beating — a losing team.

Actually, it’s not so much outrage over losing, it’s over HOW we lost. And even how we have been winning. I believe the term is UGLY! Ugly wins, ugly losses, ugly fan appeal. Maybe the team isn’t good enough to return to the Big Show this year, especially with the huge offseason loss of Michael Crabtree, but at least they can put on an entertaining game each week. Sadly, that has mostly not been the case.

The past two weeks have at least settled one important question: the 49ers last home game at Candlestick Park will not be played in the postseason. Wild Card teams don’t get any home games. No, the last game will occur on Monday night, December 23rd, against the Atlanta Falcons.

They may have to call in the National Guard to police the joint after the game. There will probably be a death or two from fans fighting over stadium souvenirs. Or the Spirit of Christmas could imbue the place and Kumbaya could waft its way through the nostalgic and tearful multitudes. I know one thing else: if I’m a ref in that game, I don’t throw a game turning flag against the Niners in the closing moments.

The schedule makers thought this game would be a real barn burner, with playoff implications. Atlanta had other ideas, however. Next Monday night’s game against Washington also looked like a ratings bonanza at the beginning of the year. Two of last year’s hottest young QBs, Robert Griffin and Colin Kaepernick, squaring off in an epic duel. Hahaha. Not exactly.

Both QBs are struggling this year. The analysts will no doubt be prepped to illustrate their flaws during the game, rather than extol their virtues. The TV boys don’t care. They are much more adaptable than fans are.

LG Mike Iupati will be sitting out this game with an MCL sprain. Adam Snyder is penciled in to replace him in the lineup. Snyder played for Arizona last year and was ranked as the worst guard in the NFL. Needless to say, this does not speak well of 49er O-line youngsters Joe Looney and Daniel Kilgore.

The 49ers have lost two in a row for the second time this season, something they did not do even once in Jim Harbaugh’s first two seasons. In between the double douches, they won five in a row. Should they run off five in a row now, they’d be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. That streak would include whipping Seattle in two weeks, so a fiver now would be quite impressive indeed.

The 49ers have played ten games and in only the first one did they demonstrate an NFL passing attack. The fact that they are 6-4 and in possession of the 6th seed for the playoffs speaks well to the quality of the team. Not that fans get all giddy about such faint praise items. And this disparity certainly won’t cut it in the playoffs, should they get there. Still, it’s impressive. And there’s six games left to somehow find the illusive skill to heave the ball forward in some sort of moderately successful fashion.

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146 comments on “The Fallen Idols Bowl
  1. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    This is almost a Must-Win game to even have a strong shot at the Wild Card. Losing to the Redskins would drop us to 6-5 with one more loss very probably coming against the Seahawks, who, on the road or not, are just playing better than we are right now. At that point, 10-6 would leave no margin for error – another stumble and it would be 9-7 and probably out of the running.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The NFC is mediocre this year.
    Right now the competition for the wild card all have 4-6 losses.
    The competition also has many games left where they play each other.
    It always helps when two teams you are competing with have lost their QBs in the case with the Bears and Packers. With Packers they are going with their 3rd string QB. Rodgers says he can play in another week or two, but he just can’t take a hit.
    Good luck with that scenario.
    So unless the competition runs the table the Niners going 5-1
    and finishing 11-5 should lock up a wild card and a date in Seattle providing they survive week one of the playoffs.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    11-5 almost certainly gets in. 10-6 is problematic and probably comes down to tie breakers – our conference record could hurt us there. If we slip to 9-7, your chance of getting in goes way south.

    This team is very capable of going 5-1. Also of going 3-3 or worse. A lot of little things are not in sync, and we are running low on time to fix them. This road game in DC is huge. As much as the Redskins are mediocre, if we stumble out of the gate, they may start to think this is one they can win.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Where’s Rufus? He was this site’s 1st commenter in 2010. He was the only comment on the 2nd thread.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Maiocco left the Press Democrat the day of or one day after the Outsider’s 1st post. Coincidence? LOL

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Please expand on your last post re: Maiocco.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Little did I know that this blog was born on my birthday.

    Although I’m 49 years older. Coincidence?

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- For some unknown reason I went on the archives to see what the first post was and who the 1he first commenter was. The first thread had no commenter, so I went to the 2nd thread. Rufus was the first commenter. The thread mentioned Maiocco leaving the Press Democrat. Just thought I’d have a little fun with it. The Beatles used to do that! No hidden meaning except, the walrus was John!

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Didn’t want to read between the lines and think something sinister about Maiocco.
    Thanks for clearing that up.
    So I did what you did and then went to May 2010 to Skeeb’s
    Alex Hater’s Club thread and it was most entertaining.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is interesting because it has a slideshow of the Niner’s last series where the sack occurred. Clearly Snyder made a mistake and didn’t pick up on the stunt.
    However the sequence will also show that Kap was looking to get the ball to Boldin on the right and that seemed like his only read. The hot guy was Gore in the left flat where the rusher vacated but Kap didn’t even look that way.

    You have to scroll down as the 49ers are in the last of plays dissected.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon needs to start asserting himself and making himself a factor as he seems to be feeling his way around since his return.

    Kap needs to play solid for the Niners to win. Nothing spectacular needed just run the offense and avoid giving the ball away. Yeah be an efficient game manager at the minimum.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What I meant to say is this blog was born on my 49th birthday.


    The key to that play is, the only one with his head turned is Gore. It was a simple stunt that Snyder failed to pick up, and Staley failed as well, allowing the outside guy to get inside him.

    Both VD and Boldin have not turned for the ball. This is the hot-read element of our game that is missing. Plays like that, Boldin should be a hot read. Instead, he and VD run their 10+ yard routes while Kappy is taking the sack. Throwing guys open is all well and good to talk about, but Kappy had no time to get the ball anywhere. Gore may be open there, but the safety is closing fast, and a floater would likely go for a pick 6. A dangerous thow regardless.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If that play is blocked correctly, VD looks to be open for a big gain if he breaks to the right, If VD is designated as the big play deep, Boldin should be the hot read underneath.

    You can’t see the DB on Boldin in the 4th pic, but if Boldin’s looking at Kappy, he has a throw there. ANd it would get out in about 2 seconds.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah by the time Gore clears the line there, the defender has a straight clear shot to Kaepernick, who would have to lob the ball high over the onrushing Saint to his back side to get it to Gore. A lot of things can go wrong there and Kappy definitely is going to take a hard shot. I’d also rather have your hot read be Boldin breaking off his route with a short hook. Boldin is not going to beat anyone to the post at this stage of his career anyway. Use him more like a TE, which allows our untraditional Tight End, VD, to run more deep routes, since VD is better at that than in traffic.

    But anytime your linemen miss a block altogether and someone has a clear run at your QB, there is very little chance that anything good is going to happen.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- The other way to look at it is if Gore picks up the stunting end the play has time to develop on the right side. And with those two running deep, clearing out the underneath, if Gore runs to that side he can be seen by the QB. A QB can not look left and right at the same time. That is what Roman has issues with. He does not layer his reads on one side very well. Either that was a poorly designed play or Gore ran to the wrong side.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW- There was no hot read there. The Saints weren’t blitzing and unless something was going on wide left that was not in the picture, nothing here called for a hot route. If Gore turns to the right he is easily seen and gets the ball. Like I said, this play was doomed by either a mistake by Gore or poor design.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This play was very slow to develop. It seems Roman is trying to do what was working last year and has not made the adjustments to what defenses are now doing to him.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    USC is using the same system Kiffen ran. All they really did was put more spacing in their formations, alternate the players more and create a quicker tempo so the QB can audible if need be. They are now getting two yards more per pay. The new coordinator does come from a spread background but decided not to make drastic changes mid year. He took the same system and made some changes that we could do very easily.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the rub, Bergs. A slow-developing play that was mis-blocked. It had no chance.

    Since our blocking is so inconsistent, shouldn’t they figure a way to get the ball out quicker?

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Or better yet kill kill kill to Gore up the middle as it’s not defended by NO on that play.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Drew Brees just threw a pass behind RB Pierre Thomas. To make the catch he had to do a 360. He then went about 20 yards down the field and Brees is a great QB when the back makes a difficult catch. If that was one of our RBs that pass would have been dropped and our QB looks lost.

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Frank has never been better than middling as a receiver in his best years, and is sub-par now. Of course, the 49ers have never really made receiving out of the backfield a major emphasis for much of his career – it was always ‘put your head down and see if you can pop through the line.’ When you don’t make something a priority, you’re not going to tend to be very good at it. I miss the days of Roger Craig driving LBs crazy.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You see the sack of Matt Ryan? Facemasked and tackled around the neck. No call.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, Nolan used Gore a lot as an outlet back in the day. Somewhere around 30-40 catches a year IIRC.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And they need to penalize Graham for bending the crossbar.

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  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    30-40 is nothing compared to the numbers Cooper and Craig put up, though. I think Gore had one or two years up around 50 or 60, but still that’s nowhere near what those guys did in the 80s.

    And in more recent years, those numbers have been pretty pedestrian.

    I blame Frank less for that than the coaches. If you don’t work at a skill, it atrophies.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “The fact that they are 6-4 and in possession of the 6th seed for the playoffs speaks well to the quality of the team.”

    Quality of this team? No need to even analyze anything. Just look at our results this year. We’ve beaten all the bad to mediocre teams, and lost to all the good ones. That tells you everything you need to know about this team.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If this were college football, and watching a Jim Harbaugh coached team is very reminiscent of a Big Ten game, they would say the Niners don’t have a single quality win on their résumé.

    No BCS Bowl Game for this team. Hell. They’d be lucky to get an invite to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl played at AT&T Park. At least they’d save time on travel. More time to install and implement new running plays to the offense. The anticipation is killing me…

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, it’s not letting me post on your blog again. Probably for the best. I didn’t have anything nice to say.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I know. I couldn’t post either. WordPress is a piece of shit sometimes.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis. your comments (and mine) were in the spam filter.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kyle Williams tears his ACL again. Time to think about selling insurance.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is definitely under a microscope which comes with the territory of being the starting QB of a team that’s not firing on all cylinders.
    As the driver of this offense Kap is currently stuck in first gear where we need to at least be up to third. It is up to Roman and Harbaugh to tutor and instruct so he can open up the offense and utilize all the features.
    Film study shows in the Aints game that Dilfer’s analysis was accurate and if the first read isn’t there the play called is in trouble.
    The wonks at Football Outsiders have broken down every passing play against NOLA. Kap needs to get better accept criticism
    when it has merit because it comes with being the QB.

  38. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “Both VD and Boldin have not turned for the ball. This is the hot-read element of our game that is missing. ”

    Sometimes I wonder if they think a “hot read” is a penthouse forum letter. As you’ve pointed out numerous times Chuck, when blitzed our WRs seem to turnaround just in time to see Kaep lying on his back. I have trouble believing that we can’t make these adjustments. I see other teams do it frequently, and with pedestrian receivers. It’s hard not to look at our coaching.

  39. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So now VD is going to venture into this Fantex IPO deal even after all the “luck” it brought to Arian Foster? I hope he’s paid up in full with all his insurance premiums — IR here he comes.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last night Darius Johnson WR for the Falcons caught 6 passes for 67 yds against the same team we played last Sunday.
    Johnson is a undrafted Free Agent rookie from SMU.
    He was available and just activated off the Falcon practice squad.
    Finding capable wide receivers does seem to be a blind spot for the Niner FO. Other teams seem to have no problems getting production out of unknown undrafted WRs.

    Interesting to note:

    “Former SMU wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders, Aldrick Robinson and Cole Beasley are all in the NFL, and Darius Johnson is aiming to join them after being the latest to put up staggering numbers in head coach June Jones’ offense.”

    If Johnson did what he did (less the fumble) if he were on the Niners we’d be estatic and it would’ve helped. He was burning the Aints corner Cory White that shut down our #2 receiver.

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously, though. Our pass offense ranks dead stinkin’ last and he has the time and effort to “sell himself” to the public. He hasn’t changed one iota from his self-portrait days. Me. Me. Me. Trade his ass.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just read that we use the 22 package over 40% od the time and 47% in the games Vernon was not injured. That allows for 1 WR on the field. Enough said.

    The Saints had the 23rd ranked rushing defense and we could not run on them. Why? Because our formations allowed them to load the box, and then we didn’t have enough receivers to throw to be able to make plays. Instead of sound play calling, we rely too much on the element of surprise.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I wish I would have thought of it first, but after the Brooks hit on Brees someone else said on Twitter that wasn’t a blow to the head. Brees doesn’t know what it’s like to be hit in the head by Ahmad Brooks. Only Lamar Divens knows that.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A WR I like in college is Allen Robinson from Penn St. He is not a burner but has plenty of speed. What he has is length and great leaping ability. I think a stat I’m starting to rely on more at the combine is vertical and horizontal leap. Players that leap well usually explode out of their cuts faster and that seems to be more important than overall speed. I’ll take the guy with good speed and great leaping ability over the guy with great speed and average leaping, especially if he has length.

  45. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That article is all well-and-good, Bullit. The thing is, I’ll bet you $1,000, and I saw it yesterday, Darius Johnson is a good route-runner. It takes 2 to complete a pass. KW was sloppy at best in his routes. Baldwin? Right. He was startled by the ball coming toward him last week. Osgood? His game is to run to a DB and stop. McDonald should be getting targeted more. He seems to be getting open underneath.

    Yes, Kaepernick is missing some guys when he’s looking at his 1st read, and not progressing. But again, and this was true for Alex Smith, the coaching staff isn’t using his strengths. The roll-out TD to VD was s prime example. A DESIGNED roll out. We use that how much? Rarely. Chianging thing up like that is a GOOD thing. Their take is ‘ooooh, that worked. Let’s never do it again.’

    Those pictures are nice, but there are many ways to look at coverages, and what they call a clean pocket isn’t always true. Yes, Kappy need to learn as he progresses. But to say he needs to learn from Trent Dildo is ridiculous. If Dilfer was on the Niners staff, then sure, but like all these talking heads, they aren’t part of the team.

    And I’m alrady on record as to laying a lot of these problems at the coaching staff’s collective feet. Kappy is still learning. To say he’s plateaued after 17 starts is premature.

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers have asked the NFL not to schedule any Thursday or Monday night home games in the new stadium for fear of traffic problems. You think they might have thought that one through.

    Our franchise is a goddamn joke.

    Go Raiders!

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    One thing Eric Davis noted last week, was the fact the the Niner WRs do not get off the line well. No explosive first moves.

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Thursday night football is the joke. It puts all of Goodie Goodell’s talk of player safety as nothing more than lip service.

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You know the NFL will want to schedule the Niners in their maximum allotment of prime time games. So when we get a Thursday night road game to the east coast because we couldn’t have it at home because of the traffic problems, I don’t want to hear a peep from you guys bitchin’ and moanin’. Send any and all complaints c/o Jed York, 4949 Centennial Boulevard Santa Clara, CA 95054. (408) 562-4949.

    Traffic problems? I’m speechless.

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Think of the humongous advantage it is to host a TNF game rather then have to travel to play in one. Remember Baltimore just a few years ago? And the home field adv. for MNF is nothing to sneeze at either. This is just asinine beyond belief.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I read it is the city of Santa Clara that is driving the bus on this traffic issue and not the 49ers.

  52. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Lack of parking. Whatever. They had plenty of time to figure these things out in the planning stages. No excuses. Fire Jed.

    And to parrot on your comment about running out of our 22 package, I just heard this stat from Greg Cosell on KNBR: the Niners ran the ball 11 times in their 22 vs the Saints’ 44 (4 DL, 4 LB) defense on Sunday. That’s strength vs strength we’re not here to fool anybody football. Those 11 runs netted minus 1 yd.

    All hail Bo Schembechler Jr. And hail to the Redskins!

  53. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jump already, Dennis.

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers CB Tramaine Brock agrees to a 4 yr $16 million dollar deal w/ $7 mil gtd. His first start come this Monday night.”

    Doesn’t bode well for Tarell Brown’s future here.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    It depends because Eric Wright is only signed to a one year deal
    and is a free agent next season.
    Culliver is only signed through 2014 and nobody talks about how his recovery is coming along.
    T Brown still is a possibility as long as he doesn’t ask for the moon.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Signing Brock was a good move as Trmaine is the most improved guy on Defense.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Roman says our offense is about to pop. I hope so or Del’s head will pop!

  58. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I was not impressed with Wright last week. I’m hoping it was only rust.

  59. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You guys want to draft a QB to improve our backup situation and/or maybe challenge Kap for the starting job?

    Two words: Johnny Football

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    T. Brock would still be sitting on the bench if Nnamdi didn’t get injured. Maybe if this team had drafted more then one CB (Culliver) in the first three rounds since 2005, it wouldn’t have to give a huge extension to a UDFA from Belhaven University.

    Panic much?

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Manziel is 5’11”.
    Figures that Denny would go for the glitz.
    Scouting report
    “On the field, height is a significant concern. Manziel also needs to demonstrate improved accuracy and decision making in 2013. He possesses good, not great, arm strength and makes throws in college he won’t get away with in the pros.”

    Manziel is another Troy Smith.

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Russell Wilson is 5′ 11″. Drew Bees 6′ even. ‘Nuff said.

    I’m sure there are many scouting reports disparaging Johnny Football just like the many praising him. He’s not for everybody. He put up 42 pts. on the vaunted ‘Bama D this year. No one is even sniffing the end zone vs the Tide.

    As for his personality? “There is a difference between being a criminal and being a knucklehead,” another scout told the publication. “He’s a knucklehead (*Charles Barkley voice*). We have a lot of knuckleheads on our team.”

    Many scouts have Johnny Football as a Top 10 pick , so drafting him might be moot. Unless Baalke makes a move, but I’m sure he’ll sit tight and draft another WR with our 1st pick. What a hoot.

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And if you keep calling Johnny Football Troy Smith you’ll get Rob all hot and bothered. Rob’s his biggest fan. Speaking of Rob, the “Doctor Who” 50th Anniversary special is on later today. I hope you’re watching and/or recording. Put down the Bonsai plants and bring back Rose Tyler!

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Are you the jinx or the kiss of death?
    No sooner than you mention Johnny ? that they go down big.
    Whats up with your Ducks?
    These teams all are capable of the big comeback so I might as well talk smack while I can.

  65. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just got back from my local farmers’ market and feeding my mallards down at the park. That’s what’s up with my ducks. I got back just in the nick of time to see Johnny Football drive the length of the field in 29 seconds to make the score respectable. Sounds like he stunk up the joint until that drive. He’s setting up LSU for the second half comeback and storybook finish. Johnny loves the drama.

    Guess what one Asian gentleman was selling down at the farmers’ market? Bonsai trees! He wanted $35. I told him I have a friend in Florida who’s going to send me one free of charge for my Christmas present. Right? Right?? Right???

  66. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just flipped on the ORE/UA game. WTF? My green guys in the creek were doing a whole helluva lot better then these green guys on the sod. Maybe some stale bread would make them feel better.

  67. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Agricultural and Mechanical’s defense stinks on ice. They give up more 3rd down conversions then Alex Smith doesn’t make. Pathetic.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The Duck score allows Stanford to be Kings of the Pac 12 North.
    Just stay away from Red Weddings and guys named Frey.

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, tomorrow night it’s Manning vs Brady. Who should I root for? I’m torn. It’s like asking a parent who’s their favorite child.

    After much consternation and deliberation, I couldn’t bring myself to root against either QB. So I had to turn to a third party — Alex Smith. Doesn’t everything always seem to boil down to him? Anyway, it occurred to me that Peyton Manning winning would hurt Alex and his Chiefs chances the most of winning the AFC West. Any chance I can get to try and screw Alex, you know I’m gonna take it.

    Go Broncos!

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI Your boy Tom Brady called Manziel a TURD.

    Newsflash Dennis wants to try and screw Alex, Film at 11.

  71. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I mentioned “Doctor Who” earlier, and you brought up Walder Frey. How’s this for a tie-in. I just got done reading this article on David Bradley.

    Bradley’s a wide ranging actor to say the least.

  72. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t know Bradley was Kate Beckinsale’s godfather. Kate’s one of my all-time favorites. That god-given beauty right there.

  73. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So are going to activate Crabtree or not? I guess we have until Tuesday, but I don’t think it matters much either way. He’s not going to be 100%.

    Bullit, I’m sorry to be right about his injury, it was catastrophic. Fits right in with our other WR play, QB play and coaching this year — total catastrophe.

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One guy that plays for LSU that I’d like to see on our 9ers squad next May is, WR ODell Beckham.
    Also like Jerry Rices’ cousin, WR Jordan Matthews.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Odell also has PR/KR ability.
    His team mate, WR Jarvis Landry isn’t bad either.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Allen Robinson from PSU is a good option too.
    He and Jordan Matthews are very similar in size and speed, 6’3″ 4.55

    Another guy I like who could be around late Rd 2 is Donte Moncrief from ‘Ole MS.
    He’s a little heavier than the other 2 but shows a faster 40 at this point. 6’2″ 4.49

    All good options we’ll have to keep an eye on going into the Combine/Draft.

  77. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond facing a 4-game suspension for violating NFL Policy of Substances of Abuse.”

    Team PED strikes again.

  78. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Seahawks will be missing their 2nd & 3rd CBs when they face N.O. and us. Too bad we don’t have a 2nd & 3rd WR to take advantage.

  79. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Team PED is 10-1

    Team shoot off guns illegally into air drive drunk into tree enter rehab hit teammate over head with beer bottle and have owner screw up next year’s Monday and Thursday night home game schedule because of traffic problems is 6-4.

    Time to go hit that A-Rod fly-by-night clinic in a Florida strip mall and get us some PEDs.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Walter Thurmond went to the same high school as me. We were one partying school, sounds like he learned well!

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Good job on jinxing Johnny Football. 16 for 41 and a QB rating of 14.9?

    You think he’s worth a top ten pick? You must be speaking for the Raiduhs because that move would be typical for them.
    Johnny would come in and compete for attention and win that battle.

    Brees is the only short QB to win a Super Bowl. That lines him up with Peyton and Trent Dilfer with one. Let me know when another midget QB hoists a Lombardi Trophy.

  82. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of midgets…Tavon Austin just took another to the house for the Rams. We have tomorrow night’s opponents to thank for that one. That’s why I can’t stand RG Knee. ‘Skins gave up a king’s ransom for that injury waiting to happen POS. As it stands now, the Rams would have the 6th overall pk thanks to Washington and their love for RG. I hope he breaks his other knee.

  83. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did you guys just see that TD run by Scott Tolzien?
    I want him back.

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You’re jinx mojo is on overdrive.
    Tolzien mentioned by you and he got benched for Flynn.

    Ginn just dropped a sure td bomb.

  85. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Tolzien accounts for their only pts in the game and he gets the ax. It’s all his fault. Right. Who should get the ax is Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy for not having a better b/u QB in place.

    Seneca Wallace? Laughable.

  86. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Alex with a poorly thrown ball that’s intercepted which quickly leads to a San Diego TD.

  87. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a final. Down goes Alex. POS paper tigers.

  88. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, Dennis. Kc’s ‘#1’ defense gives up 41 to the Chargers?

  89. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    i hope to see all of kaps’ weapons on the field and ready to go Monday nite ! now that manningham’s had a game or two under his belt we should see some improvement in our passing game ! assuming Vernon is ready to go we should be a lot better off going forward ! can’t wait for crabs to come back !

  90. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    now as for roman and harbaugh ! can we please stop telegraphing what we’re going to do pre snap by our formations ! I mean how many men did Carolina have in the box every time we ran last week , nine ???!!! because i’m pretty sure they did ! I mean jezuschrist about the only time we showed run and passed was the TD to davis imo ! hey at least we tried some play action ! good moves , but we didn’t go far enough imo !

  91. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    DENNIS alex has a better record over the past three years than the niners do !!!

  92. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    beautiful ! omg dallas decides not to impede the giants WR in any way and watches him dive for a pass at the 15 ,get up and prance into the endzone for the TD !! yesssss

  93. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And that’s what makes it so funny, Chuck. Alex has arguably his best game of the year and his defense blows it for him. But his D/ST has won him more games then not when he’s stunk up the joint this year. The way I look at it, Alex has a few more results like today coming.

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Chargers have the worst fight song in the history of fight songs. I thought it was a Sister Sledge song.

  95. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Romo leads Dallas down the field for the GW FG as time expires.

    How bout dem Cowboys!

  96. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I had us playing Dallas a month ago in the Wild Card rd as the 5 vs 4 seeds. Now we’re on the outside looking in of making the playoffs entirely. We lose tomorrow night and it’s, “The San Francisco Forty Niners are now on the clock.”

  97. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    AJ Jenkins caught a 22 yard pass today!

  98. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The play clock is not functioning in NE. It’s being kept on the field with the refs. That won’t be a problem for Manning or Brady with their hurry-up offense.

    Could you imagine the Niners trying to operate w/o the use of the play clock with two plays being called in the huddle and the deliberate nature it takes us just to get the snap off in time? We’d set the record for delay of game penalties by the end of the first quarter. It’s funny, but it’s not funny.

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    AJ Jenkins went ahead of Alex Smith today for most passes caught this year.

  100. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If we can hang onto the 6 Seed and get some help with Seattle, going on the road to Dallas, Detroit or NO won’t be so bad.
    I’ll take an indoor venue anytime.
    Nice game in The Meadowlands today, NYG don’t look to be a realistic candidate for the Post Season now.

    We need to handle our business now.
    Had a feeling AZ would have Indy’s numbeer with Ariens running the show.
    How pathetic does that Trade for Trent Richardson look now?
    Indy is fading fast and it’s looking like KC will have it’s hands full going against Teams that know how to play football.

    Every one of our remaining games is going to be a challenge, including TB.

  101. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    AZ beating Indy could come back to bite us if we don’t outpace them in the end.
    They now have a Tie-Breaker advantage since we couldn’t manage to handle Indy in our bldg when we had the chance.

    Just hope Chicago and GB miss the Playoff Bus.
    We’d better find an Offense, starting in DC.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How long before Kubiak and/or the Staff in general down in Houston get their walking papers?
    How pathetic has that Franchise become?

    And who can wait for the Thursday Night rematch with JAX on 12/5?
    Talk about a FALL from Grace.
    What a mess.

  103. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Only fitting that Manning and Brady go into OT knotted at 31.
    Heads I win, tails you lose.

  104. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NE won the toss and took the wind instead of the ball?
    Belichick is setting himself for a potential public tar and feathering if this backfires.

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Manning gets spotted 17 points on fumbles and could not hold on to a 24-0 halftime lead. Heads he lost, tails he lost again.

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And KC loses no ground as a result.
    Lucky break for Alex and Andy.

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Peyton Manning passes for 150 yds.
    Somebody should fire his coach according to the Denny playbook.
    Manning likes playing in domes and doesn’t do well in the cold.
    Winter is not coming for Peyton. Winter is here.

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not to mention, The Future President is lucky there’s no Technical Fouls called in the NFL.

    He rants at the Officials almost as much as our HC Harbaugh does.

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Should we be fortunate enough to retain our 6 Seed and lucky enough to find an Offense before the Playoffs, getting indoor venues on turf might just allow LMJ to show off his skills.

    Let’s root for Detroit and Dallas.

    After we secure our own fate of course.

    First things first…..Find a way to score some points.
    Then….Beat the Native Americans in DC tonight.

  110. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s going to be a cold game tonight.
    Last night’s NE game had 11 fumbles.
    Ball security will be a major factor.
    Win turnover battle and win the game.

  111. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The way St. Louis and Arizona have been playing lately, the 49ers might be the worst team in the NFC West right now.

  112. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Get an offensive coordinator that understands spacing, tempo and hot readas, and instantly we become a much better team. One other thing, running the 22 package 47% of the time is so 1970’s, somebody please explain to Robaugh the rules have changed since then.

  113. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders are champions of the CFL winning the Grey Cup yesterday.
    One needs to ask the question why does the CFL have 2 teams nicknamed “Roughriders”? Both Saskatchewan and Ottawa have named their teams after Teddy Roosevelt’s dudes.

    For the Nate Davis crowd
    “Roughriders running back Kory Sheets, who had NFL stints with the 49ers, Dolphins and Panthers, earned game MVP honors after rushing for a Grey Cup-record 197 yards. Sheets rushed for a pair of scores.”

  114. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In less than ideal conditions (swirling winds and cold) I’d be inclined not to take the chance of fielding a punt and just let it bounce and take my chances on a touchback.
    It seems the risks of fielding said punt outweigh the gain (a fair catch on the 8 yard line?)
    I’ll never be able to erase the Kyle Williams muff which will traumatize me for life.

  115. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When Williams fumbled the 2nd punt I said I want to kill that guy. Immediately I realized there are going to be people who say that and actually mean it, so I immediately had to clarify with the people in the room that I didn’t actually want to kill him, that it was just a saying. Obviously they knew but it seems like everybody was thinking the same thing.

  116. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The reason I liked Sheets was because of his speed. McNolan had built a very slow team and he was a guy who could motor. Then he was cut. Oh well. McNolan didn’t last long either.

  117. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NE gave up 17 points on 3 1st quarter turnovers and still won despite losing the turnover battle 4 to 3.

    Crazy-ass game. Funny how qquiet Dennis got after Peyton’s epic fail.

  118. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    First off, I did not “get quiet.” I had to “shut it down” at a respectable hour because I had an early doctor appointment this morning. Secondly, if you’re putting that loss on Manning you’re a bigger mook then I had previously thought. It took an epic comeback from the future president of the united states to win that game. Brady, and only Brady could have pulled that rabbit out of his hat.

    And I don’t want any shit from you or anyone else today. I spent all morning at the dentist office. It sounded and felt like he was setting off fireworks in my mouth. I just checked my calendar, it’s not the Fourth of July. I should know, I’m always happy and drunk on the Fourth. Today I’ll only be drunk.

  119. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Back to the CFL Grey Cup and the Roughriders.
    Saskatchewan not Ottawa.
    The game was played in Regina.
    The temp was -22.
    Tonight’s game that I said was going to be played in the cold would be 50 degrees warmer than the game in Canada.

  120. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tha game was played in va, uh, Regina? Maybe Peyton should play a season in Alberta. Get hium used to winning in the cold.

    We have to put up with your shit endlessly, and you cry foul, Dennis? Awwww, poor baby. In the words of Jessie Pinkman, suck it up, bitch.

    19 of 36 passes for 150 yards and a pick? Those are Alex Smith numbers for dear old Peyton.

    Big game in KC this weekend.

  121. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Meanwhile 26-38, 294 and 3 TDs are Peyton Manninglike numbers for Young Sir Alex.

    Tamba Hali needs to get healthyed up in a hurry for KC to get some pressure on Ichabod Manning.

  122. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You think there might have reason for Manning only having “Alex Smith numbers?” The Pats are without their two big guys in the middle, Wilfork and Mayo. Both are on IR. The Broncos gutted the Pats’ D on the ground for the tune of 280 yds. They exploited the Pats weakness. Smart football.

    I guar-an-damn-tee you Manning won’t have Alex Smith numbers next Sunday. He need only look across the field to see that.

  123. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It sure seems like you’re rooting for Alex next week. Every Chiefs win hurts our draft pk from them next year a slot or two. Sounds like you’re more of an Alex fan then a Niner supporter.

  124. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I’m rooting for Alex. Why? Because fans like you are assholes, Dennis. Fans like you give Niner fans a bad name. So we drop a few spots with our EXTRA 2nd round pick? It’s worth it to me just to rattle your fragile cage.

    Rooting, schmooting. Either way, it doesn’t mean anything. Shit’s gonna happen how it happens. Just as I’ll enjoy watching Peyton Manning fail in yet another Super Bowl quest, you’ll enjoy KC’s eventual elimination. NE is still winning without their horses, so they’ll healthy up and skate to the AFC Championship. Indy is looking more and more like a paper tiger themselves, so there you have it. NE vs ??? Fricking AZ looks like the team to beat in the NFC. Anyone is in play at this point. Including the Niners if they can get their offense going. They have the D. THey just need to keep them off the field in the 2nf halfs of games.

  125. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to be an asshole whether you root for Alex or not. But consider this: rooting for Alex to do well makes our organization look like the assholes. Think about it. Say for argument Alex makes the SB and we miss the playoffs. We traded away the QB who got better after he left, and kept the one who regressed. That would be the cherry on top for this Mickey Mouse organization.

  126. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And Kap should have never worn that Dolphins Kap. He needs to take off those goddamn headphones at his press conference and start looking like the face of this franchise. If that’s what he is and aspires to be.

    I’ve never seen a QB who lost, LOST, L-O-S-T the Super Bowl get put on a pedestal and so over-exposed. And you’re talking about assholes? For a coach who has taken a humongous dump in the two biggest games of his life, Jim Harbaugh is King Asshole. And it’s coming back to bite him. You guessed it, right in his…

  127. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Schefter @ ESPN is reporting that Seahag CB Brandon Browner has been suspended for 1 year for continued use of PEDs.

  128. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Browner is 30 and his contract is up with the Seahags.
    Indications are that Petey is done with him and he’s played his last game.
    The Legion of Boom is imploding cuz they need their PEDs.

  129. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said the other day, they’re 10-1 taking PEDs and we’re 6-4 not. High time the Niners started taking some drugs.

  130. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Like it matters a whole hill of beans. 31-27 Nation’s Capital

  131. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, with the way I’ve been the Kiss of Death lately that should equate to a 41-17 Niners victory. One should hope.

  132. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This WAS sod is already falling apart. Shades of ’80s ‘Stick.
    Bring back George Toma!

  133. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t care for cheaters.
    Petey and Seahags are repeat offenders.
    Test and suspend all of them.

  134. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m glad I was sitting when I saw 3 WRs in a 3 WR set. Guess what happened, TD?

  135. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It took us until 5:51 of the 2nd Q to burn our first T.O.

    Let’s have a parade!

  136. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Again Kap forces the ball and almost throws a pick staring down his receiver.
    Rb wide open in left flat again

  137. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Shoulda been a PK 6. That’s why WAS sucks. Tell me again why the Redskins made the Rams an instant contender again by giving them all those pks for that POS RG Knee?

    WAS has to burn a TO and then subsequently has to hurriedly send out its FG unit. Mike Shanahan has seen better days. What’s sad is that the POS RG Knee will get fired.

  138. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    *RG will get him fired*

  139. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Your kiss of death mojo is strong tonight.
    4th quarter, putaway time.

  140. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    To clear up my last comment, I don’t believe we had 3 WRs on the field for the TD play, but we used those packages/formations in that drive. IIRC, we had 3 WRs on the field for Vernon’s fumble.

  141. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think this win puts us ahead of the Cowboys for the most MNF wins ever. It was win #44.

  142. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, CSNBA just announced we have the most MNF wins ever!

  143. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are a 7.5 pt favorite against the Lambs next Sunday.

  144. 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