Trap Game Warning

Most of us thought we’d be talking this week about a 4-5 team whose playoff chances were dangling by their last flimsy thread, needing to win out to get into the postseason. I might have led off this piece by conjuring up memories of the 1988 team, which did exactly that — going from 4-5 to 10-5 and clinching the division with a game to spare. Prompting a lay down loss against the Rams that had the side effect of eliminating the Giants, which so incensed Phil Simms, he famously quoted: “They laid down like dogs.”

That might by the only concise thought Simms ever had.

At any rate, the 49ers are instead at 5-4 and very much alive. We can assume they will whip the Giants this weekend and Washington the following week, setting them up at 7-4 and a showdown game against the Seahawks on Thanksgiving. I say “assume” because a loss to either of these hamburgers, this late in the season, would be proof that this 2014 team just doesn’t have it.

The Eagles are at Green Bay this Sunday, and Detroit’s at Arizona. So two of these teams will be coming down within reach of the Niners. If they can hold their own this month and climb up to 8-4, December promises to be a very interesting month.

Giants’ QB Eli Manning’s glory days as an elite passer are but a distant memory now, but he can still be dangerous on any given Sunday. Especially with the emergence of rookie WR Odell Beckham. If Trent Baalke can draft great linebackers in his sleep, Giants GM Jerry Reese has an equal skill at drafting wide receivers. Perhaps these two could swap draft picks in 2015, with Baalke selecting an LB for Reese and he can fetch a WR for Baalke.

Cooperation between these two franchises, however mutually beneficial, is not ever likely to happen, though. The Giants and 49ers have disliked each other quite strongly since at least the ’80s, and certainly from 2011 and 2012, when the New Yorkers beat our butts twice, one a squeaker in the 2011 NFC Title game, followed by a walloping in the 2012 regular season. Since then, the Giants have taken a death spiral into second rate chumpsville. There should be enough 49er players left from those earlier whippings to have no trouble getting up to return the favor come Sunday.

The Niners will at long last get pass rusher extraordinaire Aldon Smith back this week. It’s not an overstatement to say the front four pressure has pretty much totally sucked so far this year without him. Ahmad Brooks has done almost nothing, the New Orleans sack not withstanding, but rookie Aaron Lynch has been a pleasant surprise. It’s possible we’ll see him paired with Aldon on passing downs, rather than Brooks.

Even without a pass rush, the Niner defense has been solid this year, even the secondary, which gets exposed the most when there’s no QB pressure. If Aldon can provide some consistent heat, we might see a few more interceptions in the second half and those sweet little short field possessions that have been so helpful to us the past three years.

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114 comments on “Trap Game Warning
  1. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    First and foremost:

    From that James Brady thing. Something I’ve been noting (with derision included) fro a while now, the slow-developing pass plays:
    All in all I thought the 49ers blocked poorly in this (NO) game, and Kaepernick was under pressure a lot more than you’ll see in these four sacks. But he also had a poor game on his own, and I still think the 49ers need to do something about these receiver routes taking so long to develop.
    Still and all, Kappy held the ball too long on a few plays, and the line provided little protection on a lot of plays, but to get a win on the road in NO is no mean feat. Take away the 7-8 drops and Kappy’s day looks a lot better as he has about 120 more yards, and is 21-32.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Mouthy bunch today. Nothing like a big victory to quiet the masses.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh said about the drops that we had some drops, some overthrows and some bad play calls. It’s refreshing that the coach called himself out instead of blaming everything on the players, like so many coaches do. Probably a product of the Staley “dumb schemes” comment.

  4. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes the NN Brady piece is a nice counter to the happy talk afterglow from NOLA. We have our issues esp. on O as mentioned. Play calling can help by playing to our strengths like using the OL to run block more, not going all pass happy esp. when receivers are struggling to catch. Well, not Stevie, he’s okay.

    The slow 5-7 step drops are suicide against a good pass rush and when receivers can’t get open even then. VD ‘hurt’ (his feelings, his wallet) doesn’t help to stretch field for us. We have discussed this a lot here. Run/pass mix, repeating successful plays and many other ideas, no need to repeat again.

    A lot of bloggers/writers are commenting about the flaws in play calling that have been so evident. Now even Staley (schemes) and Harbaugh too. Finally some recognition; glad the spotlight is on this crucial aspect of our game so it can be improved. We leave it to GRo he’ll deny any problem becuase his strategic sense (big picture) is limited. At this point.

    Some writers want to blame it always on ‘execution’ of players as Bergs notes and will argue endlessly that this is all there is to the picture. Jack Warner on 49erswebzone and Oscar Aparicio on NN never criticize play calling for example forever defending coaches that “it’s player execution”. Always.

    Baloney says this amateur. It’s both and the one sided focus on player performance ignores half the equation. Warner recently said; “I never saw a coach drop a pass or miss a block” for example. To which I respond: “Why do (your sainted) coaches never call misdirection running plays, make poor use of outlets, fail consistently in RZ, have extremes of run too much or pass too much, lack balance and go away from successful plays while running QB sneaks behind rookie centers?”.

    Why indeed. Put an offense consistently in a position to fail with low percentage plays and they will regardless of how well they execute. Because defenses are good and smart too and can and will neutralize predictable, limited, risky play calling.

  5. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh talking about play calling is in my opinion his reacting to what us paying customers are yelling about = it’s limitations. As mentioned last thread, fans have a big influence on coaches, players, owners and here is a perfect example.

    Any successful company pays attention to what it’s customers are saying, demanding. These issues have reached critical mass this season and are finally being acknowledged and heard.

    Keep ’em ready gentlemen

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I like Phil Simms color commentary. IMO, he is better than most.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know how true that is, Phil, but I’d like to think they at least hear the babble.

    Brian Sabean famously called the fans clamoring for change during a couple shitty Giants seasons, the lunatic fringe, so they ain’t working in a vacuum. They hear the rustling in the woods. Whether they pay attention or adjust their thinking is a different ball of wax. Singletary never changed his ways after his 2.5 years. Nor did Nolan, despite the clamoring.

  8. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    When you’ve been under the weather and feeling blue.

    What should one do?

    Put up some goddamn Christmas lights. Coo coo ca choo.

    Merry Christmas. God bless us, everyone.

    Effing Tiny Tim would make for a better HC than Harbaugh.

    He’d whack those on Santa’s “Naughty List” with his crutch upside their head.

  9. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    “fans have a big influence on coaches, players, owners and here is a perfect example.”

    Holy effing Christmas Baby Jesus. Are you serious?
    If that’s true, it’s time to saddle up and hop on your favorite camel and follow The Magi home across the sandy desert.

    Game. Over.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “If you listen to the fans, you’ll find yourself sitting with them”: Joe Kuharich.

  11. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Where is Singletary sitting right now? After 3 seasons of winning despite limited O we hit a rough patch and same old same old resulted in a 4th loss at half way mark. 3 blown finishes Kap to Crab including SB and NFCCG. So, go hard headed with the sputtering O or do a little self-coaching and maybe look at our obvious weak points.

    Not saying fans are going to come up with schemes and game plans to equal the pros. That’s your misconception maybe. BUT when Ds have figured out how to stop el Jumbo and shut us down in RZ yes it might be wise to look at what is not working.

    Fans are stating the obvious about our limited O playbook. It’s not new. It is correct, RZ scoring = last in league. Defenses, 4 so far have figured out how to shut our O down. Fact. Why did Jimi mention play calling? Heard it from Singletary? No the volume getting turned up is coming from ‘somewhere’ else.

    Constructive criticism, that’s a good thing. Or is it all player execution every time?

  12. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    So I have 2 questions to repeat:

    1) What percentage of effective plays is due to play calling and what percentage is execution? 50% / 50%?

    2) How about for negative plays? 30% / 70%? Or what? 0% like some think?

    I say bad play calling accounts for around 20% of our negative plays in our losses, less in wins. What do you say O Pigskin Pundits?

  13. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It is hard to quantify the effect of fan ire on sports teams but there is some effect definitely. It MAY be a case of “Correlation is not causation” at work not sure. Still think we are better off voicing our displeasure than not. If nothing else it will appeal to coaches and players pride on an emotional level. But how do you measure that?

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- I can’t tell you what the percentages are but much of our problem on O are from bad play calling. Some plays are just easier to execute than others. IMO, RoBaugh went with Kap over Alex because his game is 10-15 yards farther down field. It is Kap’s mentality and RoBaugh’s mentality. RoBaugh wants to get the D up with jumbo formations which also gets the D in packages to stop the run, for example more LBs and less DBs, and then throw over the top. Basic 1970’s football. Kap likes throwing down field so a perfect match is made.

    Problem is other teams have figured out how to defense this for decades. The coaches need to adjust and they need to teach their young QB a different mind set. The coaches are struggling with the change so they are relying on their QB to bail them out with big plays since he is a big play QB. Thankfully a respected player called out the “dumb schemes.” The coaches had to listen to that and hopefully we will see some better play design. Time will tell but I think ultimately we will need a different OC.

    The problem with the Singletary Sardine Can Offense is it allows the defense to overload the blocking schemes at the LOS rendering the run game inconsistent. Execution by the players is difficult. By spreading the formations blocking assignments become more of a one on one situation. Execution is still paramount but it is much easier to block one defender than an overload blitz. It is also usually much easier for the QB to pre snap read because more options are available. Of course without hot reads the pre snap reads are limited in any formation and I’m not so sure we run many if any hot routes. If we aren’t running hots then that is on the coaches. It looks to me the only hot we run is an occasional smoke route. I’d like to see some quick slants, our slants don’t usually hit fast making me believe they are designed plays and not hot routes.

    I think most of our bad O-line play this year is fairly well split between the players and coaches. Players like to buy in and play with confidence. “Dumb schemes” make players think instead of play instinctively and being outnumbered is always a difficult block. I hope they watch the Seattle film against the NYG. I did not see every play but every play I saw except one they were getting big chunks of yards running the ball from spread formations. RoBaugh is being stubborn with their 1970’s running approach but they are starting to come around. They seem to call better plays between the 20s and then revert back to the Singletary Sardine Can Offense in the red zone. Baby steps I guess?

  15. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, work in progress we’ve been saying from start of season. Now after 4 ugly losses where O got smoked and our hole got dug I’m finding out what that entails = a lot as you detail. Easier to say “Baby steps” when we were 1-0 but this is what we have.

    Agree. Lots to integrate. Better to keep the running game as our foundation. Like what you said about running out of spread!

  16. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    BTW positive proof fans influence games = “Home. Field. Advantage”. Worth 3 points to play at home where fans scream for you and yell against the other guys. We know this, it’s obvious.

    Now blogging having an influence that’s not so easy. If we come out in NJ running from spread I’m laying that to Berger tho.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with baby steps is they don’t always walk in a straight line.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not so sure about the HFA at the new digs, Phil. Losing to Chi and StL is pretty pathetic. 2-2? We have a bunch of home games down the stretch, so we’ll see if it gets better.

    Give it 5 years and people will be clamoring for a new stadium in SF.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Talk about there’s no there there . . .

  20. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Frikkin Bowman, that’s gonna hurt. I have a feeling that both Willis and Bowman have seen their best days. I would draft nothing but linemen for both sides and linebackers, F everyone else. It’s a team effort to suck as much as we have this year. And, i really don’t know the finer points of the game but I have been watching for well over 50 years. And, to see us take so long for plays to develop and then execute them like crap I just don’t get it. Numerous people have their thumbs up their asses.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Clamoring for a new stadium in SF in 5 years?
    Naive to think this as the issue to begin with was location and finance.
    Bay Area money is in Silicon Valley.
    Too many special interests in SF that won’t allow any public money to be used for a stadium.
    Will never happen in the next 20 years and most likely in our lifetimes

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Really dumb to talk about moving after spending $1 billion plus on a new stadium.
    Some just enjoy whining and bitching about anything and everything.
    Niners are anchored to Levis for a long time.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of ball placement by QBs Joe Montana wessas an artist.
    Joe was deadly accurate and could put his pass on the 8 or the 0 when throwing to Rice.
    This was evident if you watch highlights where he leads his receivers in stride.
    Kap’s growth as a QB is refining these skills.
    His rocket passes fit into tight windows but leave little margin for error.
    Elway didn’t really excel and get to the next level of success and winning until he stopped throwing all fastballs and added some finesse.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Bullit, I already hear clamoring about the stadium. No soul. They’ve abandoned the ‘real’ fans, yadda yadda yadda. You calling the fans stupid? That you choose to not pay attention is your issue. How is rainbow pony-land BTW?

    Kappy threw screens in college. He threw touch passes as well. He’s not being asked to make these throws here very much. Our passing game remains for the most part outs and comebacks. Ye olde buttonhook. Ones that need to get there in a hurry most of the time. What was that touch pass to Boldin for the TD? Oh yeah, it was a touch pass. If he’s lobbing those outs, they’ll get picked off.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, I have hope that both Willis and Bowman come back strong. Both are in phenomenal shape. Willis is getting long in the tooth, but Bowman is only 26. He’s got plenty left.

  26. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Levi’s Stadium will never produce any significant HFA as far as fan interaction goes. First off, half the fans are stuck sweltering in the sun. They leave to seek shelter in the shade. Others are still milling about the museum and other amenities while the game goes on. Not to mention that the fans there are way more “corporate” than those at the ‘Stick.

    You want a HFA? Easy. 1) make all the seats a concrete block. 2) turn on the AC and make it cold. 3) only charge $1/beer. Now you have fans who are standing, angry, drunk and loud.

    Luxury or loud? Make a choice. You can’t have both.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So the voices in your head are clamoring?
    Really stupid to think they will ever be in SF in the near future.
    Maybe they take over 20 acres of Golden Gate Park?
    Bringing this up is the same bs as firing Harbaugh.
    Normally when a bunch of your star players get injured it’s factored in but the lynch mob you run with doesn’t really think.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The museum is closed on game days.
    Bad knowledge on your part.

  29. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    From the Levi’s Stadium website re: Hours vary on gamedays & open only to those with a game ticket.

    But that’s beside the whole point of my comment. That Stadium will never produce a significant fan-driven HFA and you know it. And it’s killing you that I’m pointing this out.

    Seattle owns us (and every other team) in this regard.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Every stadium takes time and has growing pains.
    Too early to evaluate unless you just enjoy bitching.
    Perhaps you enjoy the ambience of the Oakland Coliseum when the sewage overflows.
    Raiduhs will leave because they can’t get a new venue in the area.
    Ask Montana about the Stick and he’s said there are memories there but it was a shithole.
    Remember the field was below sea level and always a swamp?

  31. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    in this regard or in that regard? Regardless. They own us.

  32. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Like I asked previously, luxury or loud? Play at a windy swamp and win games or not win so many but have a wonderful experience and beautiful day at the park?

    If you answered the latter, Walt already built Disneyland.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus Christ, Bullit. You are beyond moronic. Where exactly do I say they are going to be in SF soon? And you think they’ll play on Pluto. What a fool. I’ve heard from plenty of people who have GONE to games that the place is a bit sterile, bland, and not very loud.

    Yeah, Pac Bell started out like this. Yuppie scum everywhere, but it got better in a couple years. Point being, NO ONE missed Candlestick when the Giants moved. Some 49er fans say they miss the Stick, in all it’s decrepit glory. Try to follow along please.

    You really are a child aren’t you?

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    10:16 am you say 5 years clamoring for a stadium in SF.
    You said it so you must be the moron.
    Forget what you posted?

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Your 11:17 post also dimwit. You don’t seem to understand the bs and crap you are posting.
    Always have to walk things back cuz you put your foot in your mouth.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Candlestick Park was 13′ above sea level.

  37. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It will take some time to get a genuine HFA at Levis. It’s not automatic. Team has to gel, get on a roll, have some history and stability, lose the ‘yuppie scum’ and get some real fans in there. All will take time and we have it as Niners won’t be going anywhere out of Jed’s stadium. It’s hardly their ‘home’ yet, just in name.

    Gamblers over the course of league history have given home teams +3 points due to fan support for homies and abuse of visitors. Statistical, quantifiable evidence that fans ‘can’ influence players/coaches over time.

    To the further point of writers/bloggers being heard I jest when I say Bergs will be the cause if we run out of spread of course. BUT and it’s a huge butt, my belief is that if paying customers grumble enough (for years?) about say, running up the middle exclusively, and we hit a rough patch that these kinds of collective messages may get thru. Maybe not causing any changes but encouraging coaches over time to try some else. Like running out of spread.

    Clearly if we’re winning no one will be listening. If we’re 4-4 with 4 ugly losses (was AZ an ugly loss? Is there a pretty loss?) coaches will be more inclined to change their approach.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You have a very limited understanding of the English language, Budlite.

    Me saying fans will be clamoring for an SF stadium means I’m endorsing that? No. Duh. I guess I need to type slower for you.

    You think Harbaugh survives not making the playoffs?

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, winning would help, but the location is pretty bland. I’d have preferred them keeping the team is SF but better SC than out of town.

    “People will be clamoring for a new a stadium in 5 years.” Yes, I said it Budlite. Read that 5 times Budlite, and tell me where I say I’m endorsing that. I’m not skippy.

    Apparently you can’t tell the difference between ‘fans’ and ‘players’ Budlite. You see, the fans are the one watching from the stands. The players are the ones in the unis running into each other on the field.

    You’re welcome. Gawd, You want the Niners to move to Oakland? How silly is that?

  40. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    How deep is our roster? With a couple good drafts in a row plus the 2011 draft we are still holding our own- avoiding total collapse- after a critical suspension, numerous injuries ongoing I hate to mention. Still in the playoff hunt with young players acting as the next men up:

    Jimmie Ward,
    Carlos Hyde,
    Marcus Martin,
    Chris Borland,
    Bruce Ellington
    Dontae Johnson
    Aaron Lynch

    Eric Reid
    Tank Carradine
    V McDonald
    Corey Lemonier
    Quinton Patton
    Quinton Dial

    Aldon Smith
    Colin Kapernick
    Chris Culliver
    Kendall Hunter
    Daniel Kilgore
    Bruce Miller

    Some of these are injured but have already contributed. I grumbled a lot about Baalke before this year’s draft but since, not a word outta me.

    Add in the free agents Dorsey, Bethea, + who am I missing?
    This is a wasted season without these new guys. How fortunate are we? Very very

  41. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin, Johnson,S.

  42. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Bottom line: this team hasn’t won a Super Bowl in twenty years.
    Nothing else matters.


  43. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Like I’ve been saying: Jim Harbaugh is the worst coach in 49er history.
    He’s done nothing but brought this franchise shame and misery. Close but no cigar on the field. But A #1 off the field when it comes to having his players arrested.

    There’s only one person in our universe that I despise more than the Lord Thy God: James Joseph “Jim” Harbaugh. You make me sick to my goddamn stomach.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Sounds like you might have had enough to see and talk to the Lord Thy God. If I would have been drinking I would have called you. You could have cussed me out and we would had a good laugh! Just remember, James Joseph “Jim” Harbaugh is your Lord Thy God! LOL!

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops! Misspelled my email but look at the eyes on that avatar. It’s what Del sees in the mirror this morning. I should call him and wake his ass up but I won’t. Professional courtesy!

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bottom line, Peyton Manning hasn’t won a Super Bowl in 10 years. He has won nothing in Denver. His best years are WAY behind him. Keep polishing his pole though, Dennis. Shit, half those dumb-ass fans in Denver want Tebow back.

    Sorry to say what a shitty fan you are. You don’t even deserve the memories you have of the 49ers.

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And I’m calling bullshit in the ‘trap game’ thought. This team is either ready to make a playoff push, or they aren’t a playoff team. The Washington game, if there is such a thing as a trap game, would fit the bill, as the Seahawks follow Washington. The team would be remiss to start looking ahead at that point.

  48. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Trap game? Baloney all the way. There is no margin for error at this point. Players don’t know this? Boldin is preaching “One game seasons” every game = these are the playoffs for us now. Look at our record and the standings, not convincing?

    Win out is the goal at this point.

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And the hits keep coming:

    “The 49ers placed DB Jimmie Ward on season-ending injured reserve.”

  50. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Fun fact from Chris Berman:

    The Blackhawks have won more games than Da Bears this season at Soldier Field. Yes, they played 1 hockey game there.

  51. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Let’s draft some more injured players coming out of college why don’t we. I tried to warn you people. I have TWO Jones fractures. One that’s been surgically repaired and the other I’m “working through” as Jimbo would BS.

    I can barely make it up and down the street let alone play nickel corner in the NFL. It becomes clearer by the day why this Mickey Mouse organization hasn’t won a SB in the last twenty years.

    Mooks. The whole lot of ’em. Effing mooks.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del there’s calculated risks taken with College players who’ve sustained injuries.
    Look no further than our bell cow RB Frank Gore.

    It’s a risk/reward sort of gamble of course but, you have to figure that our Drs provide the bulk of that data to Baalke.

    Draft Picks are always a crap shoot.

    Young athletes and modern surgical practices probably eclipse anything you’ve endured with your injuries.

    Culliver and Revis have returned from ACLs, along with AP.
    It can be done.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the All Time Mooking.

    Ask Bill Buckner about getting ‘Mooked’

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis wouldn’t know a real mook unless he looked in the mirror.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looking like a nice ‘crisp’ football weather day in NJ tomorrow.
    Mid-high 40s and cloudy.

    Gotta come to play 9ers.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like being a “Mook” is a good thing!

  57. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    NJ, it’s one thing to use a 3 on Frank or a 4 on Lattimore. I’m OK with those “injured/project” selections. But Baalke’s now wasted a 2 on Tank two years ago, and now our 1st pick last year on Ward.

    A team needs those first two selections to not only play right away, but contribute. And in most cases, contribute heavily. And if we go back a third year. Who do we have? A.J. “He’s always Open” Jenkins. Trent even admitted early on that A.J. was drafted for two years down the road, and he would basically “redshirt” his first year as a Niner.

    Excuse me? We were that good that we didn’t need any immediate contribution from our 1st rd pick? I don’t recall winning the Super Bowl that year. But Trent kept drafting players, injured players, and acquiring more future picks, when in fact, he should have traded up and come away with 3 or 4 impact players these past three years. Not stock pile a shitload of 6 and 7 rounders.

    But, hey. We got ourselves a $2M backup QB.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    AJ Jenkins is having a career year. Unfortunately he is out this week with a shoulder injury but he has already racked up 9 catches this year.

  59. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Lol, Jenkins great year. But he’s tired and heard he’s not going to play Sunday. KC got the better of that trade.

    There’s news that the West Coast offense will be on display this weekend in NJ. The bad news is that it will be the NY Giants offense running said scheme:

    “Manning is the least of the Giants’ problems. He’s on pace to throw 30 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions, which the Giants would have signed up for in a heartbeat after he threw 27 interceptions last year. He has thrown only two since Week 2, and he has clearly taken to a new offense designed to lean on the run game and the short, high-percentage passing game and limit turnovers”.

    Odell Beckham is getting nice mentions based on his good play and connection with Manning. NJ was lobbying to draft him earlier this year but Giants did instead. Baalke declined to trade up that far.

    From the same article:

    “Why should the 49ers not run the ball in New Jersey?”

    Graziano: The only reason would be if they didn’t want to win. What the Giants showed Sunday in Seattle was a complete inability to handle Seattle’s basic zone-read run game. They bought the play fake every time, and the only time they stuck with the quarterback was when he did hand it off to Marshawn Lynch. If they’d gone into the game intentionally trying to make the wrong play on every zone-read play, they couldn’t have done as good a job of it as they actually did. It was a fiasco.

  60. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    I do have a bit of good news to share: I finally got my Christmas lights to blink properly. Yesterday one side blinked while the other remained constant. Today, the side that wasn’t blinking began to blink, and the side that was blinking stopped.

    Needless to say it was quite vexing. But all is well in Del’s little Christmas workshop. I think I’ll put up another strand or two tomorrow. I’m a little tuckered out now. Feeding my little panivorous feathered friends down at the creek on a daily basis can wear a guy down. Not to mention the big smile it brings to the guys at Wonder Bread.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ward played in 8 games and actuslly played very well for a rookie. Late first round picks are far from automatic starters.
    Injuries are part of the game and when he recovers the Niners will have a good player for years to come.
    Ward was drafted to replace Carlos Rogers and his inflated salary.
    You really have to be trying to hone your whining skills to have a problem with this year’s Niner draft.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmie Ward has played and contributed a hell of a lot more then Denny’s BFF Johnny Football. Johhnny has done jackshit this year
    and most likely will ride the pine for a few more years.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Texas Longhorns have 2 guys named Malcom Brown.
    The DT is a junior and supposed to be the best 3 technique DL in college football. He’s a disruptive force and might be worth a look.
    The senior Malcom Brown is a RB who’s a downhill runner in the Gore/Hyde mode.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del there’s always a ‘projection’ for Draft Picks.

    By taking some chances with the injured Picks, Baalke has been able to circumvent the roster process too.

    DLinemen are slower to develop anyway.
    Tank was a beast in College.
    Given that we have Tomsula in charge of developing these guys, I think it was a risk worth taking.
    What’s between his ears is more concerning, given he had a red-shirt year to learn and apparently hasn’t learned to much to date.

    One would assume the ‘grading’ factor comes in on any given slot.
    Sure it’s risky.
    Every Pick a team makes is basically a roll of the dice.

    The toughest positions to Draft IMO, QB and WR.

    The rest is about players taking to Coaching and their ability to improve.
    Crabtree hasn’t been without his share of issues since he was Drafted too.

  65. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    And Stanford just lost to Alex Smith Ute’s in 2 OT 20-17. At home! Another great example of that Silicon Valley HFA working for ya.

    17 pts. in 2 OTs? That’s all Stanford and David Shaw could muster. College teams score 17 pts each and every quarter nowadays in this video game BS. But not David Shaw and his offense.

    Berger, after Jim Harbaugh leaves this year and if, IF, *IF* the Niners replace him with David Shaw, what will you do? I want to call you on this one, but I don’t know if you’ve started to drink yet.

    David Shaw as the next 49er HC can not be discussed when sober.

  66. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Bullit, repeat after me: The San Francisco Forty Niners have not won a Super Bowl in twenty years.

    Nothing else effing matters.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m all for a beast or 2 on the DLine next Spring Bullit.

    I like NT Danny Shelton from Washington.
    There’s a pretty deep class of DTs and WRs coming.
    Both positions are areas I’d expect us to be shopping in.

    Shelton is the prototypical ‘channel marker’ I always covet.
    Seems we don’t feature that sort of player in our 3-4 however.
    Maybe someday we’ll get our version of Haloti Ngata?

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    And all you do is complain and bitch about everything.
    You are living up to your moniker Denny Downer.

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The Raiduhs deserve your moaning and groaning and constant bitching. They haven’t tasted victory in a year.
    You ought to lend them your expertise on how to react.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One possible upside with the Raiders is whether they’d pitch in a Draft Pick to acquire Harbaugh I guess?

    Given all the speculation, there’s always the chance that he could obtain complete control across the Bay.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit the RD from Wisconsin looks pretty impressive too.
    Melvin Gordon.
    Just broke the single season record tonight too.
    Not sure we’d be shopping for a RB early but, you never know?

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RB that is – not RD

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kid broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s single game record today.
    Put up 408 yds.
    Not a bad day at the office.
    Especially against a team like Nebraska.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Danny Shelton takes on double teams well. I watched him for about 10 plays today. He pushed a triple team back and collapsed a pocket from the front. I need to watch some more of this guy. I need to watch some Malcom Brown too. He looks to more of a one gapper. I’m looking forward to watching more of both.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    There was another DT I liked from VA Tech Berger.
    Luther Maddy.

    Problem is, I think he just had a knee injury and might red shirt now.
    Pretty disruptive kid from the little I was able to see of him.
    Not sure he’ll be coming out now in light of the injury.

  76. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Bullit, all you do is tow the company line like you were the Anchorman a la Lou Ferrigno during the “Battle of the Network Stars” back in the ’70’s.

    You’ve made your feelings known for Richard Sherman. He’s your least favorite Seahawk. Nay, Richard Sherman is your least favorite player. Period. You hate Sherman. You despise Richard Sherman. So much so that you refuse to call him by his God given name, Richard. You call him “Dick” Sherman.

    Well let me tell you this. I know the trade deadline has just passed, but if the Niners traded for Richard Sherman tomorrow you would go out and buy yourself a red “I Love Dick” 49er jersey faster than my mallards could fly south for the winter.

    Red #25 I Love Dick. That’s all you and a sack to go with it.

  77. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Speaking of hating people: I hate Jameis Winston.
    If the 49ers drafted him I’d hope Jameis would die in a plane crash on his way from FSU to SFO.

    He’s guilty.

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger there’s a NJ CB playing for W KY that might find his way into the Draft mix next Spring.
    Cam Thomas.
    Big kid, 6’1″ 190

    Hoping to see him get an invitation to the Combines.
    Could see him hanging around in the Mid Rds as it projects so far.

    “2014 PRESEASON JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: Cam Thomas, WKU, Sr.,…Thomas’ selection to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list comes on the heels of a breakout junior season in which he led the Sun Belt Conference and ranked Top 20 nationally in both total passes defended (15) and interceptions. Thomas, a First-Team All-SBC selection in 2013, was a staple in WKU’s 14th ranked defense and aided the Hilltoppers in holding opponents to 177 yards passing per game, a mark that ranked 10th in the country. The preseason recognition is Thomas’ fourth honor leading up to the 2014 season, as he was also named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Trophy Watch List on June 30th as well as a Preseason First-Team All-Conference USA selection by both Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. – Western Kentucky football”

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Niners have a better chance of hiring Jim Schwartz to be the DC than trading for the Dick.

  80. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    And the rest of you are all the same…

    If the Puppy Killer started at QB for our Niners tomorrow you’d root for him. Would you not? You guys would actually root for that dog drowning torturing killing mofo to score a TD for our Niners.

    And I need to go to confession?

  81. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    But *if* they did, you’d root for him to pick off Peyton Manning.

    Sad. I’d root for “Dick” to break his effing neck wearing red and gold.

  82. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    There’s loyalty and then there’s morality. But since Harbaugh has arrived, most of the morale as flown out the effing window.

    I’ve been saying for a couple of years now that we’ve become the Oakland Raiders.

    I hope you’re proud.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners win today 27-10.

  84. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    nice to have #99 back in the silver and black.

  85. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Niners sure could have used Dick Sherman on that opening drive by NYG.
    WTF was the pass D?

  86. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Crappy internet this morning. Sort of like that first drive Frank. Then RZ mojo…

  87. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    X2. This must be the Niners

  88. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Wake up Kap

  89. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    RZ mojo X3, yep Niners

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is really scatter armed today. Some of his passes are way off target.

  91. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Small hands for Kap today

  92. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    You know what they say about guys with small hands?
    They wear small gloves.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tandem of Lynch and Aldon is going to destroy offenses.

  94. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    D is going to need to win this one. Hey Crab caught one = TD

  95. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    INT by Reid off Borland pressure. 3rd int. Good pressure

  96. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Our D rush is just a bit better w/Aldon in there

  97. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Tim Ryan sez Roman is trying for home runs TDs not 1st downs. So execution right?

  98. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch again causes Eli to go 4th int by Reid

  99. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Culliver int I mean

  100. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Lose the vertical routes Gro

  101. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree drops another Fing ball

  102. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Manning looked like shit today…I mean Peyton. Rush by Rams huh?

  103. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners survive and are now tied with the Seahags.

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Game Manager Alex beat the Seahags.
    Ricardo Lockette throws a punch and is ejected.

  105. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    6-4 T w/SEA. You got the G mens score right Bullit = 10.

    T Ryan criticizes passing game in all respects but it’s execution right? Partly. Maybe 40/60 in this one E/Play calling

    Greedy Greg is gonna cost us w/ the vertical game vs 1st downs

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With the Aints getting beaten by the redhead the Niners are very much in the thick of the wild card race.
    The teams in contention are knocking each other out.

  107. robNo Gravatar says:

    Next week we can get to 7-4 with a win.

  108. robNo Gravatar says:

    Our playoff hopes are very much alive

  109. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Our hopes once we GET to the playoffs, however, are questionable.

    Only 16 points when your D gets 5 INTs is pretty sad.

    Our MVP today was Eli. He gave us the game, despite the offense repeatedly failing to accept it.

    After all these years, through Alex Smith and beyond, this team is still one that will go as far as its defense will carry it. You can point the finger any number of places, but the simple fact is, our offense is still not reliable and cannot be counted on to win a game unless the defense sets the table.

  110. 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