The Fat Lady Is Dressed

The Seattle Seahawks ruined the end of the 49ers 2009 season and the beginning of this 2010 season. Sunday, they have a chance to ruin the end of the 2010 season, as well. That would be three straight ruinations and two straight years knocking the 49ers out of the playoff hunt.

If they accomplish this feat, the Seahawks will have almost single handedly destroyed Mike Singletary’s head coaching career. And the 49er career of one Alex Smith, who will make his third straight start against these blue covered fellows this Sunday.

It’s going to be a fascinating game to watch and I have no idea how it’s going to play out. But unlike most Niner games since the 2002 season, this one will have immense significance to the franchise.

What we could very possibly see this Sunday is the end of the Mike Nolan era. Most of the current coaches and players, indeed Singletary himself and Smith also, were brought in by Nolan during his three and a half years as the face of the franchise. It’s a face that is not particularly popular in the Bay Area, and neither is the face that replaced it. It is an era that has provided some of the worst offensive football in the history of the 49ers.

What makes this game so hard to predict is not knowing how much the players give a crap about it. They can’t help but know that sweeping changes are in store come January, whether they win this game or not. Every scribe and media head covering the team is openly speculating about who the next coach is going to be, as though Singletary had already been fired. Fans of course have been throwing in the towel on Singletary one by one all year, with perhaps the loss to Carolina triggering an almost complete towel in.

The 49ers depend heavily, especially on defense, on the players performing their duties as a team, within a system. If the players believe that system is not going to be here next year, or that they themselves won’t be here, the likelihood is great that said players will perform as individuals showcasing their talents for future employers, either here or elsewhere. They might also be looking to avoid injury. When these things happen, so does shit.

A rousing effort by the team, especially with the playoffs still a real possibility, would normally be expected for a game like this. But most team observers (that’s us) will not be surprised at all if the team plays a sloppy, half hearted game and gets stomped. An all out superb effort would almost be shocking.

Takeo Spikes is one guy on the team who will be fighting to the bitter end Sunday. He had a whopping 17 tackles in the Green Bay game. This guy has played thirteen or fourteen years in the league without ever taking the field for even one playoff game. This might be his final chance to get there. He will be bringing everything he’s got to this game. Maybe he can get the rest of the team to follow his lead. At this point, they are more likely to win one for him than for their head coach.

But anything is possible, as NoFear’s pics for today can attest. Ye gads, our renowned curmudgeon has actually offered up some humor! Look out Seahawks, THIS IS A TRAP GAME.

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NoFear’s Fotos

Troy Smith to Vernon Davis for 66 yard TD.



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19 comments on “The Fat Lady Is Dressed
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like the way VD fletcherized that throw. Usually the high throw where the receiver has to make a very good catch to get to it goes through his hands and everybody is blaming the QB for a poor throw.
    &nbasp;
    Also, if you remember the play, it was a dart. It is the way Smith should have thrown the ball VD dropped. If he had done that VD would not have noticed the safety coming over, making him need to catch the ball at its apex. VD should have caught that pass, but the QB could have had a TD if he would have made it easier for the receiver. The problem Troy had with the touch on that pass is one of the same issues Alex has, putting the right touch on the ball.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The WOTD today should be a good one for Mr Fletch to give it a go! Example; if the 49ers don’t win Sunday Mr Fletch is going to fletcherize them!

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The guy who ran the bowling alley at 6:30 am on Saturday mornings when I was a kid was named Fletch. After us paperboys turned in our weekly collections and got paid, we’d head to the alley to bowl and eat candy. It was fun to yell out “Hey, Fletch. Drag a bun. The ball’s stuck.”

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We did not fletcherize the candy, however.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bedfore the first game I think I said I would fletcherize a Bar-S hot dog if we did not make the play-offs. Just win baby!

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I’d use the WOTD, but I’m not erudite like you effers. Also, I’m in a bad mood after 12 weeks of crappy 49er football.

    Jed felches Mike Singletary.

    There, sorry, its the best I can do.

    As for the Seahawks game… meh.

    When is draft day again?

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Living up to your name today, El Grumpo.

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Its been that kind of year, Skeebs.

    Every time I see Singletary’s face I want to kick puppies. As they are chewing on Jed’s testicles.

    Thank God for tequila. I’m too drunk after 49er games to act on my homicidal impulses. 🙂

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, this game is interesting on a lot of levels. I’m taking my son, so I hope they at least try to put forth a good effort.
     
    One would think since Seattle has been so promininet in so many debacles around the Niners (Smith’s shoulder injury, the knocking out of playoff contention last year, the slaughter to start the season) that they would want to exact SOME kind of revenge. Nominally to screw their canges of reaching the playoffs.

  10. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with the Niners offensive game plan is that they are based on a fletcherized policy. Yards to be consumed only slowly, with great care, lingering over every yard.

    Ironically, Mr Fletch is not known for fletcherizing.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, it’s a felcherized, Fletch.
     
    Sing just never gets the courtesy of a reach-around . . .
     
    In other words, he gets bent over and fu . . .
     
    Oh, nevermind . . .
     
    BTW, you paint quite the picture there, Grump . . .

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I’m a creatively talented M… F…r.

    As for the offense here, I think its us fans getting screwed, unfortunately. I can’t continue to watch this horror flick, yet I can’t look away. Hence, the thanks for tequila.

  13. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Funny the WOTD is “fletcherize,” I told Berger before the season started that Alex needed to go all Fletcher Christian on Capt. Singletary and throw a mutiny on the HMS 49er Offense. But, alas, that’s just not in Alex’s makeup. He would make the perfect master’s mate or soldier. He takes orders well, too well in fact. We needed him to usurp Sing’s and Jimmy Hat’s authority when it came to the incessant calls for running Frank up the middle and just audible out of the play and let ‘er rip. What’s the worst that could have happened, lose his job because of insubordination? He lost it anyway for poor play doing it their way. Never would have happened with Sinatra at quarterback. We all know which way he would have done it.

  14. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    Smith is a lieutenant,the guy who carries out the order as given,no deviation,no questions asked.
    he isn’t the colonel type adjusting a strategy to fit a situation, probably his most glaring fault in his game, singletary wants a obedient robot at QB and the game as it sits, is not that stick to the plan regardless of its faults.
    the game requires fluid adjustments, I as a non insider would not hang this lack of adjustment on a 26 year old QB,its coaching and a total lack of imagination, with a double dose of sticking with a loosing plan to the bitter end thats gotten this team to a pathetic 4-8 record,and into the corner of all corners,the situation is dire win or destruction.
    with that a 1-3 year rebuilding process need to be implemented ASAP to recover from the Nolantary debacle,thankfully there are some solid pieces in place with some proper direction there can be a positive outcome with allot of the play makers on this squad

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe we coult get a philter and everybody would love our QB and coaches again.
     
    Oh shit! I’m glad I woke up, I was having a bad dream.

  16. WashoeNo Gravatar says:

    Burger, you really should not hate on Sing so much. He’s doing the best he can. The object of your ire should be the family that thought they had the football knowledge to run a franchise. Hopefully someone will show up soon to wake us all from our ongoing torment.

  17. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Dictionary.com WOTD was in my dictionary. I’m not impressed if the word is in my dictionary. I want to be dazzled, bewitched and charmed by their word. You, know, just like the aftereffects of taking a philter.
     
    I wonder if the Searchers hit song would have been so big if it had been called “Philter No. 9?”

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Washoe- Do you live here in Reno? I don’t hate Singletary, in fact I like him a lot. I do hate his offensive philosophy.
     
    BTW- It is Berger, not burger. A berger is a man from a mountain town, like Reno, a burger is a sandwich.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Spread offense coupled with making the QB the focus made a difference today. Even Josh Morgan was catching the ball with his hands instead of in his body. The better offense even seemed to energize the defense. Will we do this again on Thursday? I hope.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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