The Home Stretch

The Dolphins, this Sunday’s opponent at Candlestick, have been sporadically decent this year. Most recently, they gave New England a pretty tough game and also managed to beat the Seahawks. But both those efforts were at home, not 3,000 miles and three time zones away. The 49ers are a much better team and there is no reason on earth they should not win this game.

Not all reasons originate on earth, however. How else to explain the weird win-win-not win triplet that has repeated itself four straight times this season. If this spooky combo runs the table this year, the 49ers will win the division, get the second or third seed, win a playoff game, and trot home losers in either the NFC Divisional game or the Title game — again.

Playing the Rams twice and not getting even one win has put the team’s chances of earning the second playoff seed on life support. Green Bay should easily run the table to close out the season at 12-4. The Niners would have to run the table, too, to beat that. With upcoming games at New England and at Seattle, though, plus the triplet goofiness, it is highly unlikely the team pulls this off. Unless they start acting like the best team in the league EVERY week, and not just MOST of the time.

A loss Sunday would put the Divisional crown on life support, also, but it just doesn’t seem likely. Not for a team gearing up for a Super Bowl run.

Not that the divisional crown is all important. I’ve noticed that teams who win Super Bowls tend to win all their playoff games, no matter where they are played.

Other than who gets what seed, the NFC does not have a lot of drama left on the plate. Packers, Bears, 49ers, Seahawks, Falcons, and whoever goes 9-7 or 8-8 in the East. The AFC is equally without drama. The only spots left open are the fifth and sixth seeds, with three teams vying for those final two nuggets.

Health is also a big factor in who wins SBs, and just like last year, the 49ers have gone all season with no serious injuries only to get the owie bug late in the year. Those owies have finally pushed the top two 2012 draft choices up the depth chart and onto the game day roster. Both LaMichael James and AJ Jenkins may see playing time this Sunday.

Maybe we’ll be gushing about them come Monday. Or wondering why Trent Baalke drafted these stiffs. At least we’ll finally get to scrutinize the worth of this most recent draft, something we have been able to do from game one with previous year’s draft picks and not at all in 2012. I’m voting for a nice, tidy 21-0 half time lead and a full second half to give these two guys a good, long look see.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m voting for a nice tidy 41-0 lead at the end of the game! That would mean our kicker made 2 kicks. That could a story in itself.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, or that he blew a PAT.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Finding a silver lining with Akers troubles in a twisted way.
    Maybe this forces Harbaugh not to settle for the sure 3 points and be more aggressive in going for the TD.
    I would have to say the Niners might lead the league in the fewest passes thrown into the endzone even when they are in the redsone.
    It’s a head scratcher why they don’t throw the fade to Moss when they have single coverage.
    Go back to establishing the pass to open up the running lanes.
    The key is to stop being predictable.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting article about Akers
    comparing him to last season.
    After reading this you might have a different perspective.
    Readers Digest form the Niners are better in the red zone so Akers is attempting fewer short FGs and his misses are from 50 yards plus.
    http://tinyurl.com/adl4l4k

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So what he is saying is Akers is just being the same lousy kicker now that he was before last year. Boy, that sure makes me feel better.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners are attempting a lot less FGs than last year. To the tune 0f around 16 less this year. Maybe that’s the problem. Rust?
    .
    Minnesota and Chicago on the road aren’t exactly easy, Skeebs. Neither is Deetroit at home, as screwed up as their season has gone. They won’t run the table.
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    All that means though is the Niners need to go 3-1 themselves. A tougher task for us with NE and Sea onm the road.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Last year Akers had a better percentage from 51-60 than he did from 41-50.
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    Akers was run out of Philly for this very problem. Missing the big ones.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bring back the Calcified Mass!

  9. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Latest NFL idea:
    Eliminate the kickoff.
    Give the scoring team the ball at their 30 facing 4th and 15.
    Where is Ray Guy when you really need him? Get ready for a game of punts.
    How about just eliminating the kicking tee? In 5 years kickers will be squib kicking 60 yards down the field like Ray Werching used to do in the Niners glory days.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That is the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard of.
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    No lead would be safe either.
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    Yeah, that’s the ticket. make kickers kick the ball watermelon-style.
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    Just got 2 tix for the Miami game. $150 each for 40 yard line in the pullout (lower east) section.

  11. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the idea Goodell just talked to Time about. Idea from Tampa’s office.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If they don’t want to do kickoffs anymore, just give the ‘recieving’ team the ball on the 20. Why would you give the ball right back to the offense after scoring?
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    Teams could score 5 times in a row if they are on a roll.
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    Submoronic.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wait, when you say ‘their’ you mean the scoring team gets the ball on the other team’s 30? In FG range? It can’t be . . .

  14. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    On their own 30, 4th and 15.
    Ray Guy, WE NEED YOU NOW.

  15. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, on a personal note.
    My Dad stole a car to volunteer the day after Pearl Harbor, which I believe is coming up in 61 years and 15 hours.
    My Mom volunteered for the Navy after she graduated university, but she was refused admission to the WAVES because she was over- educationed for a woman.
    The guy my Dad stole the car from became an AAC trainer because the Army refused to let him fly in combat. He was too valuable.
    There’s more.
    Yeah, no military on this site, I remember.
    Your father is a hero, too.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t say no military, RT. That’s just NoFear’s BS and you know it. In fact, there’s a lot of military in my family. One uncle did 3 Army tours in Vietnam, the other was a Navy Admiral, my cousin was a chopper pilot there, my niece is in the Coast Guard, my sister and her husband were Air Force, and my nephew is a Marine.

  17. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I was just trying to pay respect for your Father’s contributions.
    Nothing more. I don’t disrespect Vets unless I know them in person and we can joke around.
    No offense intended.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    None taken.

  19. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, what is your professional opinion of Peyton Manning right now?
    I think he’s got a year or two left in the gas tank.
    When he gets hurt again, I sure hope he likes my hometown, because he’ll be a great OC for years to come.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A NoFear obfuscation is his way of saying he likes you! It is tough love.

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    (I was born a couple miles from the Niners new stadium, their old practice fields, and their front office.)

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ray Guy is after all a Raiduh from another era.
    No doubt he was great in his time with a career average of 42.8 yds gross.
    We have a great punter in Andy Lee
    who actually has a career average
    of 45.8 which is 3 yards better.
    We don’t need a Ray Guy.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t have a “professional” opinion ’cause I ain’t one. But to me, Manning would probably be the greatest QB to ever play the game, if it wasn’t for his playoff failures over a long period of time. He obviously didn’t have a defense like Montana had, or even like we have now, but still…
     
    It’s just a harebrained idea, but I wonder if his greatness hurts him in the playoffs. Maybe he fails in the playoffs because it’s easier for opponents to game plan against one man calling his own plays than against an OC and his assistants.
     

  24. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    What is he is smarter than all of them, like he was in Indy?
    And a HC like Dungy takes his Ring to the bank, and you have to do it by yourself?

  25. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *if*
    Getting ready to watch Peyton in one of his last great performances.
    Think guacamole and chips tonight.

  26. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Joe has 4 Rings and should have 5 or 6. Otto freakin’ Graham won Champs, lots of them in a much smaller league when those “other people” weren’t allowed.
    Comparing Joe to Peyton is like comparing apples to oranges on a hot summer day.
    I am still going to watch Peyton tonight very carefully.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The AAFC, which is where the Browns and Niners came from, were integrated. When they were absorbed into the NFL, the NFL was integrating as well.

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    BTW. Graham had 3 AAFC championships and 4 NFL championships. He went to 10 championship games in a row.

  29. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Redskins got around to it in 1963.

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The rest of the league was integrated though. They were the Red Sox of football.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sando of ESPN said this after watching the coaches tape view of the Ram game

    “The St. Louis Rams came after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Week 13, sending five-plus pass-rushers more than 60 percent of the time. That was a single-game high for the Rams over the past two seasons.

    That tactic forced Kaepernick to unload the football quickly.

    The Rams played soft coverage, taking away the deeper passes Kaepernick had used to hurt previous opponents. Kaepernick’s passes traveled only 5.8 yards past the line of scrimmage on average, down from 7.4 the previous week and 10.2 when Kaepernick made his first NFL start a week before that. The average was 7.5 for former starter Alex Smith, by the way.”

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also look for NBC to flex the Niner-Seahag game into Sunday Night as the most attractive unprotected game. The current scheduled game Chargers vs Jest looks like a stinker. The other attractive alternative Gnats vs Ravens has been chosen by Fox as the protected game.
    If NBC makes the move the Niners will be on Sunday Night Prime Time for consecutive weeks.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of the Seahags the Niners are not the only team employing the read option. Petey is a copy cat coach? Seahag offense is also employing this offense per ESPN
    “The Seattle Seahawks unleashed nine read-option plays for quarterback Russell Wilson against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter and overtime Sunday.

    They then faked such a play to set up the winning touchdown pass to Sidney Rice.

    Mobile quarterbacks have increasingly used read-option plays in the NFL, but Seattle had only dabbled in the tactic before Sunday, as the first chart shows.

    John McTigue of ESPN Stats & Information did the work on this one.

    “Basically, the Seahawks used more option runs in the fourth quarter and overtime Sunday than they had the rest of the season combined,” he noted. “This may have really set up the play-action passing game for Wilson. If you watch the final play again, it was a play action that looked just like a zone read option.”

    That’s exactly how Wilson and Rice described the play. Rice appeared to go into blocking mode as he approached Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. He released as a receiver and was open.

    Before Sunday, Wilson had kept the ball on five of six option runs, gaining 18 yards. Marshawn Lynch had gained two yards on the other carry.

    Wilson and Lynch played off one another more effectively against the Bears. Wilson carried four times for nine yards on option runs after the third quarter. Lynch carried five times for 26 yards on these plays. The play-action game came to life, probably no coincidence.

    Seattle ran 10 read option plays for 63 yards overall against the Bears. Carolina (two plays) and San Francisco (one) were the only other teams to use the tactic against the Bears this season. No one has used it against the Seahawks’ next opponent, Arizona, according to ESPN Stats & Information.”

    When we play the Seahags you might think you’re watching a college game. certainly there will be lots of rah rah between two of the most hyper coaches in the NFL.

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder howdah hell Alex will like playing for Arizona next year?

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, AZ has given up 48 sacks this year. Can you imagine how many Alex would have there?
     
    He’d be better off in KC I think.

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If it was up to Alex, I think he’d prefer AZ. Get him a decent line, and the games would be interesting to say the least.

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, Washington has been running it a lot all year. Carolina a little, and Seattle as well. The Niners? Uh, well, they’ve maybe done it 3 times.

  38. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I assume that giving the scoring team the ball at their own 30 and a 4th and 15 is to replace the onside kick end-of-game comeback attempts that would be lost if the kick off is eliminated.
     
    Still an epic stupid idea. Won’t happen either.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And I think the Niners may adjust their thoughts on the read-option after seeing the pitch-6 last week.
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    And no, Barley, this would replace every kickoff. In essence you replace the kickoff with a punt. Unless the scoring team wants to take a shot at going for the 1st down late in a game where they are behind. Here’s the story:
    .
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/06/jeff-fisher-is-sure-elimination-of-kickoff-will-be-addressed-in-february/

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Doesn’t make it right, skippy. At least not the &^$% read option pitch with the WR 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage, thus making a 3rd and 3 a 3rd and 13. It’s a stupid play in the first place. Add in the Lareem Jabbar pitch, and well . . . pitch-6.
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    Glad I could make your day though, skipster. I know how you live for these ‘gotcha’ moments.

  41. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Even if it is used on every kickoff, it is essentially replacing the option of an onside kick. You always had that option. Now you’d always have the option to try to get 15 yards to retain possession. Still ain’t gonna happen, IMO.
     
    The option play should be used judiciously. The more plays you set up for your QB to take hits, the higher the chances of injury. If CK is my QB I have no problem with him running, but please dude, avoid hits, pull the ball in in traffic, slide if you can. Same is true for whomever is our QB.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Not a gotcha moment but think what you want and put your head in the sand and keep looking stupid.
    You’re the guy saying we’ll never see the option play again where clearly Roman’s on every Niner website contradicting you.
    Grow a thicker skin because I was respectful. Next time I’ll treat you like your clueless sidekicks.
    If I’m wrong I will own up to it.
    Try it sometime it’s refreshing to be humble.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Fins don’t like this to happen
    so maybe we’ll try it on Sunday just to tick them off
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/07/dolphins-see-disrespect-in-pats-running-same-play-over-and-over/

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve watched many Patriots games and they usually run out of the Spread. We’ll be in the SCO, allowing them the stack the box so they’ll be able to stop our run.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Norv Turner: “Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations.”
     
    Nor will our preparations prevent us from getting whipped and looking ugly in the process.

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Howdah hell didn’t anyone of you pickup on my WOTD play? I used it twice to Berger on the phone, and he still didn’t didn’t get the clue. Y’all need to go sit on top of an elephant and get with the program. Howdah hell y’all turn into donkeys overnight?

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    del- It just didn’t dawn on me this morning when I put the howda on my elephant.

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    *any one* Howdah hell I still can’t differentiate between the two is a mystery.

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And another thing…Howdah hell did the Niners become the fourth-most penalized team in the NFL? The team must be reading, “Howdah Play Like the Raiders, yet Still Win Games.”

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It seems our penalties kill some nice plays.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Reminds you of the Nolan/Singletary days when everytime they scored you would look for a flag to negate a TD thrown on the OL for holding.
    Goldson has to play smarter because the officials are looking for him to commit a personal foul and even marginal hits will go against him.

  52. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    13 days till the end of the world!

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have some 10.6% Mayan Maybe beer for the 21st!

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I need some 80 proof whiskey to get me through watching more Sardine Can Offense!

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, bullit, I don’t thnk we’ll see the option run with a WR 10 yards behind the LOS like we did in StL. Beyond the fact our WRs are getting injured, the play is pretty stupid.
    .
    And remnd me again how you don’t namecall.
    .
    Just keep posting what others say and not straining your brain with original thoughts.
    .
    I’m going tomorrow, so I really hope we open this up more.

  56. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The last sentence was for Bergs.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Four more weeks left in the season.
    Seems like yesterday when we were at the frozen tundra of Lambeau kicking off the season.
    So who wins the Len Eshmont this year and who is the Niner MVP?

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    You always shoot the messenger.
    Where exactly do you get your info from?
    Because your are too damn lazy to
    research you put out false info half the time and get pissed when people try to set you straight.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    You and Barley are having a discussion on kickoff rule changes. Guess what? He read about it on a website to start the discussion.
    You really need to think about your premise of where your info comes from.
    You are fooling yourself if you think even half what you post is
    originally thought up by yourself.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Funny if one goes to your blog and sees the chaos and bloodletting. Isn’t it hypocritical where you as the blog host engage in it on your blog and encourage it?
    Are you vying to be the biggest hypocrite around?

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Howdah hell is everyone feeling this morning? Never mind. That was yesterday’s joke. I could care less howdah feel today.

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Right now Lee Marvin is drunk and John Wayne is dragging him out of the saloon.

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger! I’ve figured out why Greg Roman’s play calling sucks so much. He’s using a playbook that only has writing and diagrams on one side of the pages. He needs to throw that piece of shit anopisthograph in the garbage.

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I wanna be Lee Marvin. I can’t do John Wayne. Funny you should mention Lee Marvin. He won the best Actor Oscar for “Cat Ballou” which also stared Nat “King” Cole. I was listening to Nat “King” Cole Christmas music earlier this morning. Howdah like that reference?

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anopisthographs were ahead of their time. Later it was found the other side could be used for pictures!

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    All joking aside, I don’t know why our passing gave is so bland. Maybe Roman needs some vanilla ice cream. I can only guess, and that guess is that he spends so much time being innovative in the running game that he doesn’t spend the time on the passing game needed to get the receivers running open in space like other teams do.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I go upstairs to get some fresh jeans on and wifey is still asleep, with the two dogs and a cat on the bed. She asks what time it is. When I say 10:47 she wants to know why I didn’t wake her earlier. I told her I sent two dogs and a cat!

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Has Vernon Davis joined the witness protection program?
    When you target D Walker more in a game something’s wrong and it’s at VD’s expense..
    Used to be the former starting QB’s fault.
    VD had one strong game and then it’s back to ignoring him.
    He should be targeted at least 4 times each half.

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, tell wifey she owes you money for the medical bills. Lab work and Cat scans are pretty pricey nowadays.

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If VD’s doubled, he ain’t gonna get looks. If he’s blocking he ain’t gonna get looks. VD was doing a lot of blocking when Smith was starting. Elementary, my dear blowfish.
    .
    Man, you whine like a 2-stroke dirt bike, Bullit. The diff between what Barley posted and your usual posts is that his was interesting.

  71. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, the point being, we aren’t going to face a strictly man-to-man defense like Chicago’s, so the clean WR routes may not be as easy to happen or see, even. I imagine teams will show Kappy a similar look to what the rams gave us, and that’s zone coverage.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Stop being such a petty little douche.

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tonight they bane the Heisman winner.
    Seems like especially this year the award has been degraded.
    Not too much interest and nobody is even too excited about the candidates.
    Might be another Gino Torreta/Gary Beban type winning the award and having zero impact on Sundays.
    Another CK, Collin Klein was favored until TAMU started their Johnny Footbal campaign.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    bane should read name

  75. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Cowboys DT Josh Brent is being held by Irving PD with a DUI manslaughter charge.
    How bout dem drunk Cowboys!

  76. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not going into my Gino/Geoff Torretta who’s the better QB tirade for the umpteenth time. You know my favorite Torretta brother — Geoff owns and runs the Antler’s Tavern. ‘Nuff said.

  77. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You first, bullt/reddog/tommytouchdown.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Still going with this feeble conspiracy nonsense?
    I do not see reddog or touchdown tommy posting here.
    What’s your point?

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IMHO if you are an All Pro TE being double teamed is a lame and convenient excuse. Gronkowski, Graham, Gonzales and Gates put up stats because they defeat the double teams. (Looks like your last name has to start with a G to be recognized as a TE)
    Case in point VD’s winning TD catch was against a double team where he split the defenders.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87xEo5CO6IM

  80. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Linebacker from Navy is named Wave Ryder. He’s a native from Hawaii. How cool is that?

  81. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest question in regards to VD is whether or not Berger starts him on his fantasy team this week. Many of the so-called fantasy experts have Vernon as a “sit ’em” this Sunday. Personally I think Davis has a big day tomorrow. Let’s say to the tune of 6 catches for 86 yds. and a TD. May your wildest fantasies include some VD Sunday.

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Jacobs is a boob. He is clearly the #2 now with Hunter out.
    Why would you pick today to whine?
    Jacobs feels he has leverage? He also has a one year contract and he won’t be invited back if what happened today was all him.
    Not sure why these guys say crap on Twitter anyway.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/08/brandon-jacobs-mad-hes-not-playing-rips-fans-who-criticize-him/

    I guess he’s talking about me cuz I’m being critical.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I’m sitting Vernon Davis, which means he will have a very nice game statistically.

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I did not understand why we even signed Brandon Jacobs. Nothing against him, he is a good player, it is just that we had the position covered.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    del- Wifey liked the Lab and Cat scan post!

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    To drink beer or not to drink beer? I must make a decision soon.

  87. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    2 posts deleted on Skeebs.
    1 good one on Chucks.
    I guess there is a little censorship going on about the state east of NM.
    I was a computer consultant for years. Just testing it out.
    The Department of Homeland Security knows where to find me.

  88. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    1835 Historic Route #13, Santa Rosa NM.
    Since you seem to be so deliberate in deleting my posts.
    The move I saw today was Red.
    Far, but not that far from how I grew up.
    Let’s see if that MF gets through.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Jacobs situation reads like this
    “Jacobs also addressed a comment he made on Instagram, where he posted a picture of himself celebrating winning the Super Bowl last season with the Giants. Asked by a fan why he didn’t post any 49ers pictures on Instagram, Jacobs responded that he has had a terrible year in San Francisco and therefore has nothing to celebrate.

    “I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners this is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others,” Jacobs wrote on Instagram.”

    I’d consider treating him like Braylon Edwards and cutting him loose. No reason to keep somebody who is openly that unhappy and could be a problem. Some here were expecting this from Moss.
    Go with Dixon, James and Hampton.
    I’d bring back Rock Cartwright who hasn’t hooked up with anybody
    rarther than keep this malcontent. Rock would help on ST.

  90. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Are you talking to me or Homeland, RT? I didn’t delete any posts today.

  91. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Not you, Skeebs. I’ve had my privacy invaded since I was a little kid.
    Dad’s job, you know.
    Red is way way over the top but still gives a man an idea what really goes on.
    Dad worked with the Pentagon and NASA until he was forced out to pasture many, many years ago.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Football wins the Heisman
    and nobody seems to care.
    Since he’s a freshman it’ll be 2 more years before he can enter the NFL Draft.
    He’s the first freshman to ever win the Heisman and can win 3 more if he plays all four years.

  93. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, that bolsters my point, not yours, Bullit. Why would you post as them here? You came up with the new names on my site. Duh. Skeebs already ratted you out anyway. Hyuk.
    .
    The Saints were in zone coverage. VD wasn’t doubled. Didn’t you watch the vid you posted? The LB has underneath and the safety deep. The safety was 5 yards deep in the end zone. He split the zone.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Whatever you keep implying is not relevant to any discussion here. You can’t make a point so you deflect and go on that tangent to change the subject and try to smear me in the process.
    So you are basically contradicting yourself here.
    You just told Berger Rams played zone yet you contend VD was double covered. In my example you dismiss it but how do things work in your world?
    Tired of your petty pissing contests and your inept takes on things. You can’t have it both ways.

  95. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I can have it any way I want, skippy. The Saints didn’t double team him. They were playing zone. VD split the zone. You bristled at anyone blaming Alex for not looking at VD. What do you attribute the down production to now? Blocking? What’s the story? You conveniently twist facts to suit your reality, so what’s your bent these days?
    .
    Jacobs is right by the way. THe Niners got him for short yardage situations. Ones where Dixon failed at last year.

  96. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    One carry in 2012? I don’t get it. Especially when Alex was hurt on a play that should have gone to Jacobs.

  97. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So in a strange and roundabout way, Jacobs was responsible for Alex getting hurt and losing his starting job at quarterback.
     
    Jacobs for MVP!

  98. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Trailing 13-0 at the end of the 1st quarter facing a 4th and 8 on his OWN 25 yd line, the Folsom (HS) HC goes for it and his QB is sacked by De La Salle for a 5 yd loss. DLS takes over on the Folsom 20 and subsequently scores four plays later.
     
    Worst coaching decision on any level of any sport of all-time.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    So the Saints play zone and can’t double team VD but the Rams play zone and in your mind double team him.
    Actually you’re the one that’s analyzing the covergaes on him.
    All I said was to target him more
    no matter what the coverage and let VD make the play
    One just needs to go back and read what we posted for the truth.
    I said if you are an All Pro caliber player you find a way to catch the ball regardless.
    You’re the one that said it can’t be done. Review the posts Skippie.

  100. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    With Gore tired, and Hunter out, the burden falls on the QB and his wide receivers, of whom I expect a great deal.

  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    In the 11/11 Ram game that Alex Smith was injured Brandon Jacobs was inactive and standing on the sidelines.

  102. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Naw, Bullit, I have you here to review the posts. I don’t really give a shit. NoFear’s the Central Scrutinizer. You are the Librarian.
    .
    Jacobs was fine by then. He could have played before the bye.
    .
    Hard to catch a ball that isn’t thrown to you, though. All I know in some of the early games, VD was doing a lot of blocking. NoFear, who has the All 22 package, said Alex wasn’t getting him the ball even though he was open. He had one big game with Kappy, but pretty quiet otherwise. It sounds good to throw the ball to him, but there has to be a window.

  103. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m glad to see Jacobs have the opinion he has. I’d be upset if I was him. Winners want to contribute. I love his attitude. Having said that, sit his ass and play James.

  104. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The key to beating the Dolphins tomorrow will be the play of our OL. The strength of the Miami defense, as Berger can attest, is their DL. They have two stout DTs, and Cameron Wake is a beast coming off the edge. Solid OL play coupled with some designed roll outs should keep them off of Kap’s back. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a reverse and/or gadget play tomorrow as Miami is prone to over-pursuit. It’s flea-flicker time!

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The problem, as The Berger sees it, is the use of formations falls in the Jimmy Raye, Chuck Knox, Marty Schottenheimer, Cam Camereon, Greg Roman, NoFear array of stupid formation usage. Strategists they are not.

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I disagree. We beat Miami’s ass, period. With goods play calling we win 41-0. With bad play calling we win 32-13. Then we pound our chests and get our asses kicked by the Patriots because our offense id from the NoFear 70’s.

  107. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    And I’m the guy who doesn’t want my friends in trouble. I will be off-line for awhile.
    I think it was putting that HS* word on-line.
    I will stick to music and horses for awhile.
    Because somebody is trying to hack me bigtime. It might be McAfee.

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BJacobs could be the answer to a cold/bad weather environment to get us over the hump.
    There is a high probability that NE or Seattle could yield lousy conditions.
     
    Not to mention, a Playoff trip to a foul weather venue too.
    These next 3 games are critical to us making some timely decisions on Offense.
     
    Penalties have been up, and costly.
    No time for newbies and turnover risks.

  109. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Ken McAfee? Why would the former 49er TE wanna hack your computer?

  110. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry for the paranoia.
    Type the “420” word or the “HS” word and expect to have a whole world of sheist.
    Thank you King George II and the Supreme Court.
    We wouldn’t want Fascism in America.

  111. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s scheist. Just in case they got that wrong.

  112. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In 12 games 53 passes have been thrown to Vernon Davis with 37
    receptions. That means on average
    VD is getting 4 passes thrown to him a game.
    If one your main threats and one of the fastest guys on your offense is mostly blocking there are some serious flaws with your offensive scheme.
    Is this Mike Martz redux?
    In both the Seahag and the Aints game VD was shutout and was not targeted once. That is an epic failure in the offensive gameplan
    and a win for the opposing defense.
    In January Davis torched that Aint defense for 180 yds and 2 TDs. This year zero targets, really??
    VD needs to be downfield threatening the secondary.
    At the current pace VD will have less than 50 catches for the season and 20 TEs in the league will have more catches.

  113. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca is going to today’s game! Let’s hope he sees a victory!

  114. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    He better not wear his Alex jersey or he’ll come home looking like Bryan Stow.

  115. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners clinch a playoff spot with a win today.

  116. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Not quite, Bullit. They clinch a playoff berth today with a W + a Cowboys L + a Vikings L + a Bucs L + a ‘Skins L + a Rams L and/or Tie. Bovada sets that scenario at 40/1. If you like those odds I have a horse for you in the 3rd at Hollywood today.

  117. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    That info was courtesy of Sando’s blog…http://tinyurl.com/axyczkx

  118. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I could just punch Matt Ryan in the goddamn throat right now.
    He’s killing my fantasy team.

  119. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And after I get through knocking his sorry ass to the ground, I’m gonna take a swing at Comcast. The cable goes out for about 45 secs about a dozen times per day. This shit has been happening for over a month now. I’m gonna hit those bastards harder than Manny Pacquiao got hit last night. Pow! Right in the kisser.

  120. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    A.J. Jenkins and L. James both active today. Brandon Jacobs is not. F him.
    #49ers inactives: QB Tolzien, S Robinson, RB Jacobs, G Looney, NT Williams, RB Hampton, WR Manningham

  121. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody is not too happy
    These are the inactives for today
    49ers: RB Jewel Hampton, RB Brandon Jacobs, S Trenton Robinson, WR Mario Manningham, QB Scott Tolzien, G Joe Looney, DL Ian Williams

  122. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    I just heard them talking that the Niners could clinch a spot with a win. Didn’t hear all the details. Of all the teams you listed only the Vikes are winning at this point

  123. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I was just telling Berger that we want to play the Bears in the first round of the playoffs. I know I’m thinking way ahead, but I foresee us being the 3 seed, and the Bears the 6. And the Bears are Tom Petty…”Free Falling…”

  124. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s just like Norv to win a game that no one thought he would after his coaching fate has already been decided. Bring in The Donald, “You’re fired!”

  125. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought the play calling was decent in the 2nd half. Not so good in the first half. I think it is lookinjg like we play much better out of the shot gun. Maybe the coaches are just trying to learn the best plays for Kappy and they are just being conservative about it?

  126. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore needs 30 yards next week to become the all time 49er rusher!

  127. robNo Gravatar says:

    we’re 9-3 !!! playoffs here we come !

  128. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER

    i might not know too much about nfl records , but i do know two things !

    first frank gore was just about the biggest reason we won today

    and aldon smith is about 3 sacks away from an nfl record … with three games left !!!

    holy shi….ttttt !!

  129. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I question the play calling but I do it knowing Harbaugh is 21-6-1 in the regular season. I wouldn’t want a different coach after what we’ve been through since Mooch left. But I would like to see more rhythm on the offensive side of the ball.

  130. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll take the win as it was a good team effort.
    The game though raised many more questions.
    Vernon Davis 1 catch and targeted twice with no throws in the second half to him?
    I don’t get that.
    2 for 10 on 3rd downs sounds familiar.
    The offense just doesn’t have any flow or rhythm yet.

  131. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- How ya doin! Nice win today!

  132. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER !

    doin great !
    every win is a nice win imo !;)

    oh and btw … frank is one TD away from being our all time leader for a rb ! he’s now tied with craig and perry !

    holy sh….

  133. robNo Gravatar says:

    not sure why vernon isn’t getting more looks !

    we didn’t seem to start to roll on offense until two minutes of the first half !

    imho harbaugh is still holding back ! imo he’s still trying to show just enough to get the win

  134. robNo Gravatar says:

    the best news from today , other than our 9th win , is how good lamichael james looked !

    ” James carried six times for 24 yards including a 13-yard scamper and looked like the same player he was at Oregon through the first three quarters. The second-round rookie also caught a pass for another tackle-bursting 15 yards.

    James had another first-down run wiped out because of a hold. In all, he looks like more than an adequate replacement for the injured Kendall Hunter.”

  135. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep hit him on the hands with 1 throw today.
    CLANK.

  136. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- It looks to me like our offense is better when we are in Shot Gun.

  137. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- That clank was a rocket. He does need to catch that but that ball was smoked.

  138. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Mario and Michael catch well in traffic.
    Vernon, not so much.
    There will be routes that have to be worked on between Kaep and Vernon in the coming weeks.
    One thing I am impressed with is Kaeps’ ability to stick a throw on someone.
    It’s a growth process.
    I just hope the next 3 games allow us the opportunities to get some of these kinks worked out.
    Falls on Roman to work it in.

  139. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger it’s got to get worked out, that’s all I’m suggesting.
    Don’t throw the haterade on me again.
    Vernon has always been more of a body/arm catcher.
    His hands are not nearly as reliable as Michael’s for example.
    Kaep is raw.
    No argument there.

  140. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Joe Perry has 68 TDs for the 49ers. 50 in the NFL and 18 in the AAFL. Gore’s next TD will make him the all time rushing TD leader for the NFL 49ers but not for the 49ers. Perry has 68 rushing TDs.

  141. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Like all those years Favre’s receivers complained of numb hands.
    It’s a comfort zone between QB and Receiver.
    Not gonna happen overnight.

  142. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Teams are taking away the deep pass, stacking the box and forcing us to throw underneath. That isn’t Kaep’s strength but he’ll get good at it. He’ll need to.

  143. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    ADavis had a wretched game today too.
    Off balance, reaching etc.
    Fortunately we held together despite some less than stellar technique up front in Pass Pro.

  144. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Is haterade anything like Gatorade?

  145. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaeps ability to roll to either side will help too.
    Roman needs to find some wrinkles to allow double moves to be implemented.
    With Kaeps’ wheels and his arm strength, he could take the top off the coverage just showing the run threat.

  146. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh, when you dump it on my head for making an observation that goes against the grain.
    I’m just hoping for things to improve all around.
    Gotta get in rhythm.

  147. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We were out of sync for much of the first half today.
    Blame play and play calling.
    Our OL got bitchslapped right out of the gate.
    Think everyone across the front got beat at one point or another.

  148. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Liked the way they worked LMJ into the short game though.
    Kid accelerates very well.
    I think he can be deadly from the slot.

  149. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ
    if vernon is missing em’ “in traffic” my guess is he’s trying to put the cart before the horse making a play before he secures the pass !

    imho he’s also targeted way less nowadays by design too !

    BERGER
    good point about perry ! imho gore might have something like 55 this year ! one more healthy season and who knows !!!

  150. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    imo our 0-line seems to pick it up about three notches in big games ! our defense one or two ! what do you think ?

    btw if you disagree with me , some haterade might be next up … so watch your answer ! lol

    good one about lmj ! imho both our backs should get a few more balls thrown their way !

  151. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If teams see more of the shots we took to Randy today Rob Vernon will get his seams opened again.
    Kaep has the arm to get to all the levels.
    It’s a learning curve again.
    Alex and Vernon had some chemisty.
    Kaep isn’t on the same page with him yet.
    Kaep and Crabtree are coming along very nicely though.
    That has been something we’ve needed for a long time.
     
    Michael always looks for YAC too.
    He and Mario will be tough to defend when both are healthy and playing together.

  152. robNo Gravatar says:

    anybody here think we can go 2-1 in our next three games and finish 11-4-1 this year ?

    is 3-0 out of the question ?

  153. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ
    i agree 100%

    the good news imo is that while alex and vernon were getting it done , kap and moss were working it out !

    good point !

    imo crabs , moss and davis with a healthy manningham give us a real WR corps for the 1st time in 4 ever !

    superbowl anyone !!!

  154. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We can’t get into a shootout with the Pats next week.
    Would love to see a low scoring, ball control plan.
    We can win if we play our game.
    I’d figure 1 loss in the final 3.
    Just hope it’s not in Seattle.

  155. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another XFactor is AJ.
    Start getting him into the mix and who knows what could develop?
    Gotta get BJacobs warmed up too.
    Be nice to play ground and pound over the next 2 games and give Mario some needed healing time.

  156. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  157. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Pats are averaging almost 36 points a game.
    They play a top notch defense tonight with the Texans.
    There will be much interest in what Wade Phillips tries to do to neutralize the Pats.

2021 Schedule
09/12 - 10:00 AM @ DET
09/19 · 10:00 AM @ PHI
09/26 · 5:20 PM v GB
10/03 · 1:05 PM v SEA
10/10 · 1:25 PM @ AZ
10/17 BYE
10/24 · 5:20 PM v IND
10/31 · 10:00 AM @ CHI
11/07 · 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 · 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 · 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 · 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
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
 
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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