Trending Up Meets Trending Down

The Broncos were left for dead last month. Their record was 3-6. Now it’s 6-6, after dispatching the Chargers and Steelers, and they might just slip into the playoffs if they keep on winning.

Imagine their delight to find the 49ers on the schedule! We aim to please.

They did spot the Niners their best wide receiver this week when Emmanuel Sanders tore his Achilles in practice. But it probably won’t matter much, at least against San Francisco, since damn near anyone can have a big day against our porous secondary.

The 2018 49ers’ season is shaping up to be one long tryout session for marginal players hoping to stick with the team next year. Everyone who’s been inserted at RB since the season began has been very successful. Matt Breida, Jeff Wilson, Raheem Mostert. The only one who’s stayed healthy is Alfred Morris and he’s the only one who hasn’t done much.

The secondary is another matter. Everybody who takes a stab at filling the constantly injured DB positions has been pretty much a bust. Antone Exum, Greg Mabin, Marcell HarrisJimmie Ward was modestly successful as a CB and a FS, but was known more for his versatility than his excellence. And of course he is best known for getting injured and limping off to the IR wing, as he’s done four of the five seasons he’s been here.

2018 also has painted a continuing pattern of the Kyle Shanahan offense. It is 15th in yards and 22nd in points. Bearing out this site’s observations that his offense is potent between the 20 yard lines and fairly  impotent within the Red Zone. It was that way with Brian Hoyer. It was that way with CJ Beathard, with Jimmy Garoppolo, and now with Nick Mullens.

Denver should be familiar with Shanahan’s office, too, having seen first hand the original version from papa Mike Shanahan‘s tenure there. That, along with the bookend pass rushing terrors Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, could make for a long day for Mullens. And a continuing long year for us.

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39 comments on “Trending Up Meets Trending Down
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sherman eventually wants to move to Safety just like Lott and Woodson did. He could be a helluva ball hawk at Safety. Still think he’d be a good hire as a db coach when he retires.

  2. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    His Achilles injury has definitively taken it’s toll on his ability to stop/start and change direction however.

    I’d be fine with making a run at Earl Thomas in FA, if he’s not going to cost a fortune.
    He is a TX guy and has shown interest in playing in Big Duh though.
    Like Sherman, it would help the younger guys to acclimate to the current system.

  3. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    A decent part of the yards stats are due to the inordinate amount of so-called ‘garbage time’ the Niners get to take advantage of almost weekly. The opposing D goes into a prevent and defends against big plays and essentially concedes loads of clock-draining yardage outside the red zone.

    Vance Joseph is a Nolan and Singletary guy. I’m not sure why that’s funny, but it is. Elway passed over lots of qualified coaches to sign Joseph. I’m not sure why that’s funny either, but it is. It would be ironic on a few levels if the Broncos hand Shanahan junior his ass at home. And I am sure why that would be funny.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    LOL NoFear. Thought DEN was playing for the #1 pick with that hire.

  5. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    You have to consider my attitude toward John Elway and it ain’t good. Elway insisted on doing things his way and that he knew best when he was the losing QB in Denver and got a good coach fired in favored of Mike (I’ll kiss anybody’s ass for a HC job) Shanahan to cover for his losing the big games. One cannot imagine Elway being any less the prick in charge as the GM, president of football or whatever the hell he is now in Denver.

    IOW, whatever muck Joseph is knee deep in now in Denver is purely Elway’s doing even while he blames everyone else for it. What a hero!

    Joseph and Singletary before him are Nolan students while Nolan learned under Dan Reeves, the coach in Denver who refused to let the QB call the shots just because he made more money.

    The Niners choose Shanahan junior, who can’t find a QB to save his ass even though it’s what is most needed, just like Elway after Manning, but they both think they are the best ever at it.

    So now the game hinges on the Niners rookie, practice squad RB being able to take some pressure off the third string bench warmer in a home contest against a team about to fire its head coach to cover for a GM who can’t find his ass with both hands.

    Something about ‘what goes around comes around’ or ‘karma is a bitch’ that just makes me smile.

    Whoever wins this one is a lucky son of a bitch and whoever loses had it comin’! Though I guess that applies in a lot of games these days, I’d say the lucky SOB tomorrow is Joseph.

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And….don’t look now but Fangio has the Bears D in the top position in the League. Despite an idiot Owner and GM.
    Funny how that works huh?

  7. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NJ49er,

    The McCaskeys? or V. McCaskey? Yeah, I guess she’s not her Dad. I don’t know much about Pace but I thought the Bears had some decent draft picks the last couple years.

    The Bears have some good talent even before adding Mack and a solid coach. I guess he liked Aaron Lynch when he was coaching the Niners D. Lynch must be back playing in a two point again there, too. Probably much better suited to that.

    Fangio and the Bears D will have all they can handle with the Rams coming to town. I don’t think they win this one, but they do have the advantage of playing at home and that damned Chicago cold wind off Lake Michigan.

    Key on Gurley and Goff/McVay will hurt them in play-action all game. Play man under Gurley will have a big day. It will be interesting to see Fangio’s approach.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the last 4 1st RDers of CHI:

    Not bad. They had great misfortune of a potential franchise WR being IR’D every year. Before had so e poor drafting and missed a lot of day 2 and 3 picks.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Chi drafted better on D than O through the years. Akiem Hicks a great FA pickup for them netting an above average front 7. At least Hicks did not cost them dearly like Mack.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Proving once again, how WRs are so hard to project to the NFL Bakkentom.
    Kevin White was a guy on my radar as well.
    The list is very thin, for guys that have gone high in RD1, and made it.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives:

    WR Pierre Garcon
    RB Matt Breida
    SS Jaquiski Tartt
    OL Shon Coleman
    G Erik Magnuson
    DL Sheldon Day
    NCB K’Waun Williams

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No Fear- Da Bears were a dysfunctional mess, much like our SF-Troop.
    Living in legacy terms and, missing the point of, winning matters.
    Didn’t GM Pace just get canned from Indy?
    Perhaps, proving Fangio knew what he wanted, and Pace accomodated?
    I’m an old school believer that, Defense wins Championships.
    This Arena League, shoot out stuff, is for ratings and entertainment.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, Ryan Grigsby was most recent GM canned at IND. Now doing stuff non-GM in FO staff for some NFL team. Dorsey was forced out at KC and now with CLE as GM.

    Pace has cycled through failed OC’s at CHI that has tarnished his reputation. The O has stumbled in his GM days there.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Serious question. Is BDN a keeper as a backup. Or can he give us a good return of draft capital in trade this offseason.

    Can we get a 3rd RD pick for him?

    Maybe that is why he is getting so much starting games for us.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I agree. For every 5 WRs drafted in 1st round maybe 1 pans out.
    .200 is not very good use of a first round pick. Receivers just don’t translate to NFL with similar results

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of 1st round busts Mark Sanchez throws a 9 yard pick six from his own end zone. It was one ugly pass and makes you wonder why Sanchez is still in the league.

    By the Wat The Giants lead 40-0 in the 4thb quarter.

    Ex 49er Josh Johnson replaces Sanchez and just throws a TD pass to break up the shutout.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The dirty sanchez. Where did that name come from.

    Cheesy movie character? Dance step? Nope, do the research.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We have benefited from others teams. Let’s not screw it up.

    NYJ beat BUF to become one of many 4 win teams. ARI plays a winnable DET game now.

    A 2 game buffer means SF and OAK are #1 and #2.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denver forgot to get off the bus.

    Kittle is having a 210 yard half.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Vance will be fired shortly.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    CBS Halftime agrees with you.
    Denver needs to pull game out in 2nd half or Coach will be looking for a moving company.

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Now I hate the Broncos even more.

    There goes our first pick in the draft. LMAO

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    DEN high-priced D strength against pass. Cannot stop a TE putting up Julio Jones stats.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rothlesberger knocked out of Raiduh game.

    Even with win there’s still a chance

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    They better get Kittle the record today 😀

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Back to college or high school coaching for Vance. Defensive HC’s are a dime a dozen.

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Think out of the box, be creative. Like this fan post from NN.

    Similar to the CLE Brock Osweiler trade with HOU to give them a salary cap dump. It passed muster with Goody and NFL rules. Let’s get a 2020 2nd RD from Jags and help them avoid salary cap hell.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Might be kinda fun from a ‘loudmouth’ perspective, to see what Ramsey might cost? Him a Sherman would be quite the tandem.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Am going to watch the game now with Gamepass. This game is a bad gauge of our D. Lately DEN has had a very poor oline.

    I could go with Blake Bortles as next year’s backup. Shop BDN and CJ this offseason. Would accept a 2019 3rd for each. Would shop Armstead -> 3rd, Thomas -> 3rd, Garnett -> 3rd and maybe help with Armstead salary.

    After today I have serious doubts we can keep #1.

  30. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Tomlinson a number of penalties today.

    Juice dropped easy pass. Then FG.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I also think we’ll be hard-pressed to deal anyone on D, with all the Defensive talent coming out in April.
    I’d prefer Arik over Thomas, except for the price tag involved.
    Arik has a hefty 5th year option due and, I’d suspect, it would make more sense to replace his Contract with someone from the Draft.
    Front 7 is where this Draft Class is stacked.
    It might make more sense to grab another guy like McGlinchey to solidify the OTs for the future?
    Much to consider if I’m Lynch. Don’t spend the Pick if you don’t have to.
    Make some moves, (if they present themselves) and, stock up on youth.
    Not sold on Bosa just yet but…I do like Quinnen as a pocket collapsing game wrecker.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Thomas’s best position may be OLB in a 3-4, handling the LOL like Ahmad Brooks.

    I really like getting Bortles for a 2nd in 2020. Those players I mentioned could be added to make deals work. I would shop BDN and see what his market value is. 3rd seems right.

    Bortles may also be rehabbed with our coaching staff and kept or traded.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How much experience did Matt Flynn have at GB before traded to SEA for a 2nd. Can we get a 2nd for him?

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    DB’s had to respect Goodwin’s speed and this may have contributed to Kittle being so open. Looks like they also have a young secondary and LB’S that blew coverage.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Crime that Shanny couldn’t get Kittle another 10yds to take the record though.
    Trivial, I know but, he was on fire and they didn’t know how easy it would have been.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You put up 20 in the first half and nothing in the 2nd?
    Talk about Sphincter-itis?
    Titus Fishcunt woulda been embarrassed about that display of playing not to lose.

  37. 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