Tinkerbell in Cleats

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

It might not be true that any 49er fan was wishing on a star these past few weeks. Maybe ROB was, but nobody else. More likely, the wishes emanating upward to the heavens were instead directed downward toward the Big Red Guy to send his evil axe-wielding minions on a terminate with prejudice mission to 4949 Centennial Blvd.

Howsomever, in the land of WTF, beaming straight and true through the hole in the ozone layer, came the bolt out of the blue.

Troy Smith is 17-20 for 357 yards and 17.9 YPA when throwing on first down. If he keeps that up, Frank Gore will soon see an end to 8 in the box on first downs. Or any other down. Frank Gore is happy.

Five receivers had 60+ yards in catches for the Rams game. A Franchise first. The receivers are happy.

Two tight ends and two wide receivers is working very well under Troy. Delanie Walker is happy. Moran Norris is unhappy. 49er fans are ecstatic.

Mike Singletary is dumbfounded. No change there. Win or lose, he’s a rock of dumbfoundedness. It’s a life issue. Good luck, Mike. There’s one out there for you. It does not appear to be here. Try West Virginia.

Alex Smith and David Carr are playing checkers in the back of the room. No doubt discussing where they’d like to play next year, with “anywhere else” being quite an acceptable option. Neither one of them has any feelings left to experience. They are both just nonchalant numb.

During the Singletary era, the 49ers have reflected their coach. They take life too seriously, show almost no sense of humor, and view everything they do as dull, repetitious, thankless drudgery that will somehow elevate them to a state of exaltedness. They don’t enjoy what they do and get no pleasure from their efforts. Honnnnkkkk!!

Every time I see guys like Rex and Rob Ryan having fun with themselves and football, I get the franchise blues. Bill Walsh had a great sense of humor. So did George Seifert. Six years of Nolan and Singletary has had all the humor of a trip to the dentist.

I don’t know how long Troy’s magic wand will last, but this brief two game demo has clearly resparkulated the team and put some fun back into the game for these guys. And for the long suffering 49er fans. His act is so out of the blue that the blogosphere has not yet had a chance to develop a divisive pro or con attitude about him. Nobody endlessly touted him and nobody yet dislikes him.

For the nonce, Troy has achieved the nearly impossible feat of producing a fairly unanimous blogosphere — even a POSITIVE blogosphere. Regarding himself, at any rate. Regarding our HC, the sphere seems equally unanimous in the NEGATIVE. Harmonious spheroidal sphincterism. Go ephing phigure.



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8 comments on “Tinkerbell in Cleats
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Before you get too high on the ether of Troy Smith’s butt fumes, remember we got him off the waiver wire from Baltimore, a team that just gave him away for nothing. And our brilliant fans were pissed because we had to release Nate ‘Jesus’ Davis.
     
    Nobody seemed to want Troy Smith then. I was actually defending that move back then. The only person who liked it more than me was Rob. But that doesn’t count because Rob wants every free agent.
     
    I must say, I told you so. How long have I been saying it is the coaching and not the QB. The difference is actually passing the ball on 1st down and not running it up the middle. The I told you so is about using the QB as the focus of the offense instead of the RB.
     
    I’m excited about our season if the coaching staff will continue with this game planning. We did this with Alex against Jax last year and zoomed to a 17-0 lead. What happened after that, it was back to using Gore as the centerpiece of the offense.
     
    I don’t care if the QB is either Smith if the coaches will just use them as the center of the offense. It is how to play winning football. This just in, the QB is the most important player on the team. Don’t ever forget that, that is what Singletary likes to do.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not getting over excited, Berger. Just enjoying the moment. There have been precious few this year, and the fun could go pfft in the very next game. If Troy tosses four ints against the Bucs, you can bet everyone will be saying what were we thinking that this nobody was any good. Manana on that scenario.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Jason Hill waived. Rams will probably pick him up. They need receivers.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- My only major point is the QB needs to be the center of the offense. We did that once last year, against Jax and we blew them out. Did we do that again after that game? No. Nada. No dice.
     
    Will they call a game like this two times in a row? I’ll start to get excited about us if I see that, win or lose. I’ll need to see it three times in a row to actually get on board. Trust me on this one, it is the coaching, not the QB, see last year’s Jacksonville game.
     
    I am not defending Alex because I agree Troy needs to start this week. I’m actually hoping Troy emerges as our QB but call me skeptical because Baltimore gave him away for free, and I’ll believe the change in offensive philosophy when I see it for more than one or two games.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking the waiving of Hill might indicate our need to sign another PK with Nedney banged up. Could be a little dicey with a new kicker with the game on the line. Joe’s pretty clutch.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- Are you thinking Shane Andrus?

  7. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I was thinking Andrus all during training camp when it was revealed that Nedney has a “calcified mass” in his leg. Joe seemed OK for the FG attempt. Maybe sign Shane just for the k/o duties. I was advocating for that plan all summer long.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Andrus is one of three kickers in Santa Clara today.

2021 Schedule
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
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
 
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17

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