Theoretical Physics

The St. Louis Rams come to town Sunday, fresh from shellacking Indianapolis 38-8 and Chicago 42-21. Goodness. These fellows don’t seem to be the same team the 49ers mauled 35-11 back in September.

The biggest change has been the emergence of Rams rookie Tavon Austin. In his past two games, Austin has touchdowns of 98, 81, 65 and 57 yards. A punt return, two pass plays, and a running play. It would behoove our boys to keep an eye on this speedy little squirt.

Technically, the Rams are a losing team (5-6), so the 49ers should beat them. But they were a losing team last year, too, and the Niners couldn’t beat them at home or in the away game. And, if the Rams beat the 49ers, they won’t technically be a losing team any more, which means the Niners would have lost another game against a team with a non-losing record, which has been the motif this year, so a loss could seem inevitable if you wanted to get a Black Friday sort of spirit running amok in your soul.

It’s pretty for sure almost a certainty that Michael Crabtree will return to action Sunday. This will at last enable us to eliminate one of the three theories of why the team’s offense has been a turkey this year. There’s the Roman Sucks theory, which posits that OC Greg Roman called good plays his first two years, but has called bad plays this year. Then there’s the Kaepernick Sucks theory, which posits that QB Colin Kaepernick played good last year, but has played bad this year. And finally, there’s the Our Horses Are Missing theory, which blames the poor offense on not having our Number One and Number Two wide receivers this year.

I’m a Horse guy on this one, probably from growing up where there weren’t any and overrating how wonderful life would be if there were some. There’s also a slim chance that this has actually been the problem, and not just a figment of my imagination. Seeing what happened to Indianapolis after their numero uno, Reggie Wayne, went down really put the nail in the head for me on this theory.

WR number two, Mario Manningham, returned to duty a couple of games ago, and it seemed that the offense perked up a little, along with the play calling and the quarterback effectiveness. The perk wasn’t big enough to be definitive, though.

But, when Crabtree takes the field Sunday, all bets are off on the Horse Theory. The offense is either going to look solid or still look relatively similar to a backyard turd. I.E., either Roman and Kaepernick remain on the theory griddle, or everything is beautiful — in its own way. Got horses, got play caller, got QB, vrooooooooommm!

At any rate, there’s five games left in the season. The 49ers need to go about 4-1 to guarantee a spot in the playoffs and give us blogalunatics the illusion the team can challenge for the big prize come January. 3-2 might get us in, if one of the wins is against Arizona, but it also wouldn’t inspire much confidence the team will be the last one standing come February.

Okay, I’m all pumped up for Sunday. Even if the game is against the mere dickwad Rams. Go Niners! Gallop down the home stretch like champions!

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This was written by Chuck yesterday and the only way to interpet the statement is drama queen hyperbole.
    “I’m sorry your life is so sad and pathetic that you need to lie about what I post, Bullit. And on Thanksgiving no less.”

    Apparently self-admitted liars like Chuck take Thansgiving off?

  2. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:


  3. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a question for you, Bullitt.

    Did the Niners use more quick passes last week?

    If so, why?

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, calling me a dick for disagreeing with you is fine, eh? But getting all hurt feewings when the tables turn? Waaaaah! That, my friends is chiodlish bevavior. As is lashing out at those who don’t agree with everything you say.

    Pot, meet Mr. Kettle…

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a new thread, Bullit.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Let me just say you really think the guys here can’t read
    what you write and they don’t know what’s going on?

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our all time record with the Rams is 62-62-3. Sunday’s winner takes the series lead.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Tampa Bay Bucs are having some regret over signing Dashon (from Goldson needs to adapt or he’s going to
    get suspended to the point of being a non factor.
    “Despite fines totaling nearly $400,000 and enough yellow flags thrown his way to stitch together a king-sized comforter, Goldson still hasn’t figured out that you can’t act like a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot knocking people’s blocks off. And now you have to question if paying Goldson all that money ($41 million) was worth it.”

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Roman didn’t just start calling bad plays, as Skeebers was questioning, he’s calling the same plays as last year but the league has adjusted and he has not caught up with those adjustments. Last week’s game showed some hope. Hopefully he is starting to see the light.

    IMO, the league watched last year’s Rams games and that is how we have usually been defensed this year. Roman’s play calling did not work against the Rams last year, so there you have it, his unwillingness to adjust is costing the team. It is making the O-line and the QB both look bad. But like I mentioned a few moments ago, he did show some signs of making some adjustments in the last game. Hopefully he is seeing the light.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jim Schwartz still says he believes in David Akers.”

    Hmmm. Where have we heard those words before?

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No calcified mass for Akers? Pulled groin? Now the kiss of death ‘we’re behind you 100%’ statement?

    He’s got 2 weeks.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    “F” the Rams. It’s still a big game to me.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, Bergs. The quick hitters early to Manningham were nice, but we didn’t keep up with that. After those first couple drives, we never went back to them.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, yeah, we’re just about at the point where every game is a playoff game. Lose to the Rams, and we need help. 4-1 and we’re in, provided the loss is to Seattle. Which is the most likely scenario.

    They CAN use this to their advantage by continuing to try new things. Go on the offensive rather than react to what the defenses show. They don’t have to do things radically different, just try not to be so predictable. Getting Crabs back should keep defenses a little more honest in how they play us. The trick is to actually throw a deep ball or 2. Or 3.

    I’d love to see us start out with 4-5 WR formations. We ran all over them last time around, so they’ll be gunning for Gore and will load the line. Come out with a bunch of WRs and see how THEY react.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The last time we played the Rams they were playing bad football. They had just been beaten badly the week before by the Cowboys. The Rams are playing really good football these days. This will be a tough win.

  16. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’d just like to see us counter their plan of stopping Gore with something other than running Gore out of the Roman Candle . . .

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) is listed as doubtful for MNF vs. Saints.”

    Mr. Injury Prone.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Smoking Jacket Contingent, (that I’ve professed has existed for years, lurks behind the curtain and, finds ways to tilt key matchups), is stacking the deck nicely for King Brees this Monday Night Skeebs.

    First the failed tests takes out 2 starting DBs, maybe an injury or late scratch to a key contributor and, maybe a game changing penalty call/non-call should suit us nicely.

    A little juice to the Bayou for the Bounty Gate punishment perhaps?

    Won’t bother me a lick if Brees can steal the 12th Man’s Vocal Chords.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny’s “kiss of death ” mojo is going strong.
    A few weeks ago Denny said Bama was unbeatable
    and marveled how great their defense was. So good in fact he said they could compete with some NFL teams.
    Today they gave up 34 to Auburn losing in spectacular fashion.
    Florida St is about to become #1 with the possibility their starting QB is getting the boot.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The juice from the big easy usually doesn’t reach that far, NJ.

    But hey, whatever works . . .

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just playing a little conspiracy theorist here Chuck.
    The NFL has the built in ‘Human Element’ with respect to Officiating and injury factors.

    Hard enough to get a W in Seattle with the built in noise factor.
    Just seems a tad ironic that leading up to this game the old PED bug bites again.

    Add Harvin to the equation and suddenly the Saints have a little advantage, at least on paper.

    At this point, we need Offense and that’s been in short supply this year.
    Kaep is the key. He’s gotta see the Field better and Roman needs to break these 8-9 Man Fronts.

    Bayou Juice could be coming from the League’s Human Factor.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This Rams game concerns me more than the ‘Skins game did.
    We need balance and an early lead.

    Pressure on Clements and we have to contain the Big Plays the Rams have feasted on the past couple of weeks.
    Hoping LMJ can turn in a few of those Tavon plays for us.

    Division games are always unpredictable.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We should at least see more 3 WR sets today with WRs actually being used in the WR spots just because Crabtree will be back. Although Robaugh could have Jerry Rice, Chris Carter and Calvin Johnson, and still line up a 270 lb slot receiver instead.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jerry Rice is the honorary captain today.
    Also Marcus Lattimore is going full tilt in practice and says his knee is doing fine. He’s on track for 2014 which is great news.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the link to Farewell Candlestick Memories that coincides with Rice being today’s captain.
    There are links to the other 6 Candlestick Memories revealed so far with 2 to go. All worth watching and makes you proud of the Niners and their accomplishments and is pure Niner joy.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The one thing I do hate about the 49ers is the 22 package. I wish that package were extinct.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The DEN/KC game is a late start like ours. That doesn’t jive with my viewing schedule. Why wasn’t I consulted about this?

    I never said ‘Bama was “unbeatable.” I did marvel at their D and how Johnny Football was the only QB to light them up like a 40 ft. Christmas tree.

    And I didn’t say they could compete with “some” teams, I said they and Oregon could give Jacksonville a run for their money. I believe that was when we played JAX in London. The way the Jags looked that day CCSF could give ’em a run for their money. The Juice is Loose!

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    CAR in a truly “trap game” today vs TB. They better watch their ass. No sooner as I type that, the Panthers score a TD. WTF do I know?

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Those 10 best moments at Candlestick videos are great. Everybody knows the catch will be #1. What will #2 be? I think it will be Vernon Post.

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This just in: the NE run defense SUCKS!

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Johnny Football laid another egg last night.
    Some sorry ass team (Raiduhs) will pick him among the first 10 picks and squander the pick and then wonder why they stink.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Report out of Green Bay is Rodgers will be shut down if he can’t play in next game and Green Bay loses again falling out of contention. I Have Jordy Nelson on one of FF teams and that’s a death blow to his numbers.–nfl.html

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You wonder why the Raiduhs suck? Draft history is just a total clusterphk.
    They traded their recent #1s for Carson Palmer.
    Last draft they took DJ Hayden,2010 Rolando McLain, 2009 Darius Heyward Bey, 2008 Darren McFadden. 2007 Jamarcus Russell, 2006 Michael Huff and 2005 Fabian Washington.
    What a disaster.
    Hayden looks to have many health issues and McFadden might be gone after this season. That’s leave them with just 1 #1 pick from the last 10 years with the team in Hayden.

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Think the Pats had a letdown after their thrilling OT win > Denver? They’re trailing HOU who’s lost 9 straight by 10 at the half.

    Impeach the president before he gets elected!

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And I have Jordy Nelson in our ESPN league. That sucks big time if they hold out Rodgers. Maybe if they had a decent b/u in place they could have won a game or two and kept their season alive. Why bother now?

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The good news is Philly is up 17-7 on AZ. Let’s hope that one holds.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The greatest disparity in the NFL is what a starting QB makes and the pittance that most backup QBs get.
    It is strange how things have evolved because QBs go down all the time.
    What a novel concept to have a capable backup.
    It would be tough to go through the NFL and name the backup QBs.
    Instead of paying Joe Flacco $20 mil, they should pay him $15 mil and his backup $5 mil so at least there will be someone competent to run the team.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Most of the Raiduhs squandered picks were top ten with a few in the top five. Those are supposed to be can’t miss franchise players.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Brodie’s pass to Dick Witcher as time ran out to finish the 1972 season won’t make it, But is was exciting as hell. I was sitting in that end zone and saw both TDs right in front of me. The 1st TD went to Gene Washington IIRC. Steve Spurrier was plaing like shit so Brodie came in in the 4th quarter to throw 2 TDs to overcome a 17-6 Viking lead. It also propelled the Niners into the playoffs, where, uh, you know.

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Screw Marshawn Lynch, Alshon Jeffrey is in full Beast Mode.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In a tight game Darius Heyward Bey is wide open 25 yds downfield and drops a pass hitting him in a bad place, his hands. DHB fast but hands of stone.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Josh Gordon just scored a 95 yd TD.
    He has back to back 200 yd games.
    First guy to do that in NFL history.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    That’s why I don’t blame officials. That was not a PF against Kap. He didn’t touch his head. The NFL has become a complete joke. I won’t be watching much longer. Good news for you people.

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Two offensive PI calls already? I don’t know what I’m watching any more. But I do know I sure don’t enjoy it. More PBS I guess.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This might be the first time we have ever had a series lead vs the Rams! 63-62-3.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Isn’t funny how when you take the 22 package and put it in the closet the offense looks much better. Last week and this week we actually looked like we have an offense. Kap was constantly looking to his 2nd and 3rd reads because they were more often available, keeping more alert to the opportunities. The coach called a much better game today then previous. Even the O-line, with two major injuries, looked better today because the formations and play calls were much better. Have I ever told any of you how much I hate the 22 package?

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just read that this is the 3rd time Staley has been injured in a Ram game. We all remember his screaming fit in St Louis earlier this year which was a false alarm.
    Staley broke his leg against the Rams in 2010 which was his last major injury.
    Here’s hoping it’s nothing significant and he’ll be back soon.
    I’m surprised though that Looney was put in at RG over Kilgore.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest difference Crabtree made was that our idiot OC was willing to run more 3 WR sets. He didn’t look great today but did have one really nice play on the double move. He will probably improve a lot each of the next two weeks. I’m glad he is back.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kilgore did replace Looney later in the game after Looney got called for a holding penalty.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    AJ Jenkins had 3 catches for 35 yards today.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And Jon Baldwin was inactive.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    True, but Jenkins would have been inactive if still here, too.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams had just clobbered their last two opponents, scoring over 80 points. They were good teams too, the Bears and Colts. That was after coming just short of beating Seattle the week before. This was a quality win.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We now have to hope Philly doesn’t climb through the back window for a Playoff spot.
    Nice that they separated us and AZ a little but…..

    Glad to see Staley walk off this afternoon too.
    Just hope we can steal a game from Seattle without him.
    Not going to be an easy feat, especially if Iupati isn’t good to go.

    Anthony Dixon is not much of threat as a RB, reminds me of Ron Dayne.
    Big man, dancing instead of exploding from the backfield.
    He saved a very big play for the fake punt however, might’ve turned the game on that one.

  55. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    We just kicked the Rams’ ass! Why am I not satisfied and happy? Why the F do you people think I see a therapist on a regular basis? I’m not a happy camper. Who in their right mind goes camping and in doing so intends to be happy?

    A happy camper? I swear to Christ ever I see one I’m going to punch them in the goddamn throat!

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit did you post a video clip some time back about a WR prospect you liked in the upcoming Draft?

    If so, who was it?
    Any chance it was Donte Moncrief from Ole Miss?

    I like what I’ve seen of him, curious if you located him earlier.

  57. 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