View From the Top

Okay, we’re now atop the NFL mountain with appropriate accolades pouring in from all over. Gregg Easterbrook of ESPN’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback calls the 49ers the NFL’s New Beast, the newest monster team. The one other coaches would least like to have on their schedule.

Some pockets of ignorant and tremulous opinion still have the Patriots as the NFL’s top team, of course. They are more impressed with their East Coast darling team whipping the AFC South’s cellar dwelling mess than the Niners whipping Green Bay. I’ll say this, though, the last team Tom Brady wants to face right now is the 49ers. If the Titans can give the poor lad an owie, God help the wimp when it’s our turn.

But, lest we get too carried away with our new found RESPECT, it might be wise to remember that being number one in September is about as significant as having the lead at the one mile mark of a marathon. In fact, being the top seed in January doesn’t carry much weight, either. Since 1975, the top seed in the playoffs has won only six SBs. In this century, only the 2003 Patriots went in on top and came out that way. Three top seeds have lost the SB this century, but the 49ers don’t do SB losses. That’s the specialty of the Cowboys, Patriots, Bills, and Vikings. Very tawdry.

With victories in the past year over New Orleans, the Giants, our nemesis Philadelphia, and now the Packers, the 49ers have proof that they are legitimate SB contenders, and can handle any type of team. The only thing important now is to make the playoffs and arrive there healthy.

In the meantime, we are certainly guaranteed to have lots of enjoyable football games this season. The 49ers have regained their status as an elite NFL franchise. And they’ll be relentlessly chasing after that sixth SB title until they bring it home.

It’s the closest to peace on earth we will get in this life time. While on my walk the other day, I passed a house with two huge 49er flags posted on either side of the front door, flapping proudly in the breeze. A little further down the block, I saw a little boy in his front yard, blowing his nose with a Raider handkerchief. What more can I say?

Detroit comes to town this weekend and we’ll probably trample them. They did not look like a dangerous squad, squeaking by the Rams, at home, last Sunday. The problem is their coach. Jim Schwartz is a runt trying to act like a big, tough dude. You see Jim Harbaugh talking to one of his players and you see two big guys at eye level with each other. You see Schwartz talking to one of his players and it looks like a ball boy asking for an autograph.

Detroit is not a lovable team. Their city went bankrupt sixty years ago and the only people who live there now are criminals, crooked lawyers, second rate mobsters, dope fiends, and people who wished they didn’t live there. Kind of like Oakland, actually. And we all know who plays there. It’s right in the dictionary:

SUCK: v. intr. to exhibit Oakland Raiderness. To perform in a vile, dog-breathian manner. syn. n. troglodyte.

It will be good for the Lions to come out to the Bay Area. They’ll feel cleaner when they fly home losers.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t the 2003 Patriots start the season by losing 31-0, only to end up winning the Super Bowl. One game does not make a season. A lot of people here are getting a bit too happy over one win.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore is 952 yards away from the all time 49er rushing record.

  3. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    It will be tough for him to get enough yds this year with the shared carries but I hope he does. He paid his dues on bad teams, he deserves some recognition in the history books AND a SB ring of course.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody notice how good Crabtree looked!

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- If Frank stays healthy I think he easily breaks the record.

  6. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have a very high probability of making the playoffs, from then on it’s all up for grabs in sudden death games, but I like our chances more than any other teams at this point. Yes it’s 1 game, but they have carried on right where they left off last year so the body of work has meaning.

  7. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Berger I would’nt bet against him, he put up big numbers in GB. Depends on his health and playing time but I like that we are using WR more now, it opens up the run game, 7 in the box instead of 9.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I believe Packer game cannot be discounted and is a milestone.
    We had not beaten Green Bay in the regular season for 22 years.
    We have now established we can
    defeat all of our NFC rivals and no team has a noted advantage against us.
    Did I mention we beat Green Bay at $#%@ing Lambeau Field and our QB outperformed the NFL MVP?
    Still have a long way to go but this victory is menat to be celebrated and enjoyed and it was more than just a game.

  9. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    What a difference TC and pre-season has made for crabs and smith, they are on the same page and in sync. Having moss as an example looks to have paid off although I didn’t like the sound of crabs saying “I’m gonna be me” or words to that effect, then again who knows what he meant by that?

    I’m just happy to see him play well with smith. With all the other weapons no team can only focus on crabs and vd.

    It’s early but a great start.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    49er PR video rewind of the Packer game

    http://tinyurl.com/969b4hy

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- Moss told Crabs to just be himself. He told him to not try to be somebody he is not. Obviously he is listening. I’m not sure what was meant by that but I have to think that Moss was trying to get Crabs to play with more of his natural football instinct.
     
    People say all the system and coordinator switching is tough on a QB but it is usually the rest of the team that doesn’t catch up. Crabs was probably trying very hard to fit certain systems and Moss told him to be the football player that he is. Is that true? I Don’t know but it sounds good.

  12. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t know either bergs but I was happy to see him play more than the 4 yd out, and saw him looking to make plays with his QB not just running the play call.

    Whatever it is it looks like he has his mind right and it’s paying dividends. He could easily have had that TD in the corner when smith threw to moss. He is getting open and exploiting space which can only be good.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Moss’ effect on the team has been pretty noticeable early on. Even with the limited number of plays Moss was in on.
    .
    GB didn’t account for Moss in the slot, and he scored easily on the TD. 2 drives later in the red zone, Moss ran a slant from the outside, and Crabs ran an out from the slot (IIRC). 3 DBs went with Moss (where Alex threw the ball), and left Crabs wide open. Smith didn’t see it, but they will on the film. And they will use that to their advantage.
    .
    What I liked was the fact the slant has returned. Crabs caught a 12 yard slant to start the game. Those are the kinds of throws that get you yards fast and are hard to defend.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    12th

    Receivers run the plays called in the huddle. Crabtree has received
    so much criticism by running the routes called by Roman/Harbaigh.
    He get’s dissed for not talking to the media and now get’s dissed for saying he’s going to be himself? Really?

  15. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    19-0!! 19-0!!
     
    It’s a long, long season.
     
    “…but the 49ers don’t do SB losses. That’s the specialty of the Cowboys, Patriots, Bills, and Vikings. Very tawdry.”
     
    Don’t leave out the 4 loss Broncos.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The slant to Moss was just like the one to Walker at Detroit last year. Crabs looked open on both, but only because the pass had already been thrown and the DBs left him. Moss’s angle is too shallow and Smith’s pass didn’t lead him, so the play failed. Good defense by GB on the play. They expected it and squeezed Moss’s lane.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The point being, they overcommitted to Moss and left Crabs open. That should happen more with better WRs out there rather than defenses focussing all their attention on VD and Crabs.
    .
    Like I said at the time, the distribution to ALL the WRs was a sight to behold. 15 catches by WRs. Unheard of at any other time in recent memory.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Crabs was open because the DBs converged on the thrown ball.

  19. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, show me where I called him out for talking or not talking to the media. I said I didn’t like the sound of a phrase he used but didn’t know what it meant.

    All receivers run the routes called, what’s your point, he is in someway special for doing so?
    My point was he is now trying to make a play when the play call isn’t happening, something he rarely did before.

    The thrust of what I said is all positive, not positive for your man crush taste, so what.

    So yes, really!

  20. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Looking at the replay Skeebs, Moss draws 2 right after the snap, Crabs is singled up and his guy moves to cover Moss as the ball is released but Crabs had his guy beat and was waving as the ball is thrown, at least that’s my take on it.
    Smith had a very small window to decide who to throw to, the play was designed for Moss, where he did go but it’s hard to call him out for not seeing Crabs.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    12th

    Let me ask you how many yards per catch did Crabtree average last season? When the play is not coming to him he is praised for his blocking. Show me where a coach or teammate has a negative comment otherwise.
    This 4 yd a catch crap was invented by his critics this preseason.
    I’ve always maintained it doesn’t matter what happens in preseason with the exception of getting injured.
    So you really want me to go back and find your negative comments about Crabtree? Just ask.

  22. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Do you always move the goal posts to try to win an argument Bullit? You constantly expand an argument until it reaches an area you can use to justify yourself. Stick to what I posted above for a change.

  23. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s just one game, fellas. The gun has already sounded.
    Matt Stafford can destroy you and your playoff stuff in a few minutes.
    Ask Dennis and his QB Tony about the September game last year.
    Great game. Total 49ers team effort.
    Just get ‘er done.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Smith could have pumped fake to Moss to draw the DB, then throw to a wide open Crabtree. Problem is if he does that and the DB on Crabs doesn’t bite, the window to Moss is now closed. Smith made a quick decision, which many say he can’t do. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. DBs follow plays they have seen on film. We beat Detroit with this play last year. That was probably a doomed play from the beginning. A pump fake would have worked this time, but then maybe not next time. I have no problem with Smith’s decision. He threw for a TD on the next play. Nobody seems to mention that.

  25. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_Plummer
    Just go, Alex. Do your best and ask no questions afterwards.
    I meant to post his eulogy to Pat Tillman, but I couldn’t find it last night. I’ll try later.

  26. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I’m ok with what he did too Berger, the guy had a near flawless game, his best game for the Niners IMO.

    That level of play is hard to repeat week in week out but what a start! The offense dictated to the defense and with our D and ST that’s a winning combo at any stadium.

  27. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://neighbors.denverpost.com/viewtopic.php?p=2650833

    I’ve lived in Boulder, too. Sorry I have favorites and pick ’em wrong sometimes. I found a YouTube “interview” but it was mostly the media guy talking. I wanted to find one to let Jake speak for himself.

  28. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

     
    A-stan is a shithole. Wrapped up in a war where the friendlies and the enemies are the same people, heading for the nearest exits after blowing up their relatives and neighbors with their aid and assistance is like pulling your finger out of a glass of water and trying to make the hole stay there.
     
    OEF, OIF and the GWOT was the right answer to the 9-11 attacks on us. The war was easy, it’s the peace that’s hard.
     
    Remember, the military goes to fight where the civilian MMFIC sends them. No poll is taken to see if the troops like it first.
     
     
     
    Hey Pat,
     
    Yeah, _The Siege of Firebase Gloria_ is a good one. I remember us on the Insider trying to convince the guy that kept calling me Gunny to watch it.
     
    Never Forget 9-11!
     
    Waiting now to see how we pretend this latest act of war on the US was our fault, ignored and apologized for under the current (lack of) leadership.
     
    btw, watch the first series of the Packers game again, 3rd and 2 to see Alex fixed on Davis trying to clear the backer and never even looking at Manningham running in the clear in first down territory or Gore his outlet man. Frozen in place like a deaf, dumb and blind statue. Do your part, man. Hit the first down or take a step to extend the play. A lot of the old Alex is still there and always will be. After seven seasons as the starter we should have more than a play or two to trot out to show his talent. Great game taken as a whole though. A real joy to watch. But the officiating was a disgrace to professionals everywhere. At least they were equal opportunity idiots. Just pay the real guys and get on with real games.
     
    This message will self-destruct in five seconds.

  29. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome back no fear, miised you man.

  30. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I love this blog. Alex Smith apologists and now they exaggerate his play. “Out-dueling Rogers?” I don’t remember Rogers having a guy like Gore on his team, bulldozing the DBs into the endzone. Where’s Ryan Grant? I don’t remember the Packers’ D being mentioned as one of the league’s best. The TD pass to Moss was a blown coverage. The 49ers right now are a far, far superior team than the Packers. Rogers is just good enough to compensate for an incomplete team. Alex has everything and he still didn’t step on their necks. I’ll give you that it was the first week and it was Lambeau. I’ll give you that. But the Packers run game and secondary are suspect. And for that matter, the Packers’ linebackers aren’t that great either. Now the Packer will compete with that all season and make the playoffs… know why? They have a qb who can keep ’em in games. But Smith has EVERYTHING. I want to see him THIS YEAR put teams away in the second quarter. Remember those Montana games? Thirty points in two quarters? Tell me this… Smith lovers. Tell me which TEAM Montana had that compares to this one? ’89? That’s my guess. And guess what? Montana won two, and should have won three with that team if Roger didn’t dodger. Smith? He couldn’t overcome Kyle Williams. And it’ll be the same thing all over again this post season. Bring on KAEP!!!!

  31. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    This week the Lions have three starting DBs hurt and questionable going into the handshake game II. If the 49ers had T Brown, Goldson and Whitner hurting, Stafford would be lickin’ his chops. Smith? He’ll rely on Gore… or squeak out a victory undoubtedly hailed here as Smith’s “coming out” game. Lol. Yeah… outta the closet. The game will go down to the wire despite the banged up secondary…. It’ll be a pillow biter.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Great to see you NoFear!

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The only pillow biter is you, Stinkfist. The ’84 team had a stifling defense and Fumbell Tyler. The 87 team was probably their best team, even though they cratered in the playoffs. ’89? Sure.
    .
    What’s your point? That 3 of their 5 Super Bowl teams are about as equal to this one? OK, fine. It’s theirs to win. Say what you will, but Smith completed 15 passes to WRs. Not bad for the opening game.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Besides, the punt return was a gift T. The ggame shouldn’t have been that close.
    .
    But of course that doesn’t fit your narrative.

  35. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky, after all the attention Smith has had and the derision, much of it deserved, why not let the guy have his moment in the sun?

    He went to GB and broke a 20 year losing streak and played well doing it. The rest of the team gets credit of course, it’s a team win, but it’s also a personal win for Smith, you can go back to calling him names next week, and if he sucks I might well join you.

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, NoFear, thanks as always for your service to our country.

  37. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    NJ glad to have you back, but your assessment of Smith’s game is a little light on the praise end. He played within the scheme and executed to a high standard. If he turns the ball over a couple of times for taking risks we are in a different ball game, think about the setting, to win there after all these years is no small feat.

  38. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Good to see you, NF. All I can say about the latest Charlie Foxtrot in Libya is, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. Some people you can help. Some just need killing. Be nice if our leaders of either party in DC could tell the difference.
     
    Spit, Alex played a pretty good game for Alex Smith. Maybe his best as a 49er. Not perfect, but a hell of a lot better and more consistent than I ever thought he would. With his contract structured the way it is, the expectations on him will be high this year. Either he breaks through, doesn’t step on his dick, and gets a ring, or he probably goes somewhere else next year. We don’t have a lot of cap room, and choices will start needing to be made. But I’d say he helped his cause in week one, beating a good (admittedly not great, but good) team at Lambeau. It will be an interesting year, both as a fan and as an observer of his checkered and odd career.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Smith has the 49er record for most passes in a row without an interception. That does not even count the two play-off games where he did not throw a pick.

  40. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Berger… ’cause he couldn’t complete a pass to anyone in the NFC Championship game. Most of the balls hit the ground. What was it? 6 yards passing to wide receivers? Crabtree saying, “I wish he threw my way more often in that game….” Smith reminds me of Darren Lewis – former center fielder for the Giants. Didn’t Darren own the Giant record for most innings without an error? Know why? Because Darren didn’t take any chances. DeLue Smith.
    .
    Grump – I just don’t see Harbaugh tolerating another year without a Super Bowl win, especially with Kaep (his boy) on the bench and looking great. I think it’s a do or die year for Smith. But I laugh at that because Smith doesn’t die… he just keeps annoying and annoying. He’s the energizer bunny of qbs. But Harbaugh blew a gasket in Lambeau. If the 49ers keep getting hyped and they don’t win a Super Bowl, Harbaugh will dump Smith.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Thinking Akers might be kicking less FGs this year? Harbaugh is toying with letting Akers kick from 60 yds in. Depending on conditions but I’d revise that to 55 yds because you have Andy Lee and a great defense if you pin your opponent insude the 15.
    http://tinyurl.com/9pan33g

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- Speaking evaluating QBs, how is Charlie Whitehurst doing?

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er, glad to hear from you again.
     
    12th, I’m neiter an Alex enthusiast or apologist.
    He is simply playing well within the Offense that Harbaugh and Roman have placed him in.
    I have no further opinion other than the Team effort was outstanding.
    I’m a Defense first guy, always have been.
    Alex misses too many easy reads, like Moss in single coverage with a DB a foot shorter than he.
    I can see a few jump balls coming down the road once these guys start developing better vision and timing between themselves.
     
    All facts considered, Baalke has built a fantastic Roster, the weapons we possess will only get better and faster as the Season plays on.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Albert I can agree with your point regarding the patience factor with Alex and a SB title.
    Kaep is Aaron in the raw IMO.
    Alex stays until Kaep takes him down.
    Right now, beat the snot outta Suh and The Schwartz, beat them badly.

  45. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I am the qb evaluation master, and you know it. Problem is, you can’t tell the difference between my geneous and ABAS. I’ll help ya out. I was wrong about Whitehurst… and maybe Matt Flynn. There’s something in the water in Seattle. I can’t account for it. The rest of the nation, I’m money. ABAS accounts for my love of Nate Davis, David Carr, you name it as far as Alex backups. But I’m also the guy who brought you Andy Dalton, Jake Locker and most recently Kirk Counsins. I’m also the guy telling you for years that Eli Manning was the best qb in the NFL. Who are your qbs, Berger? Gabbert and Alex Smith? Pa…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….lease.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I love this video. If this doesn’t make one smile, one is not a 49er fan!
    http://youtu.be/VwOPqwROIBQ

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- Your revisionist history gets you on stage at the comedy club. I’ll try the veal, you’ll be here all night!

  48. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If we don’t win a Super Bowl this year Alex Smith’s wife and agent won’t be smiling.

  49. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NaziBerger – Why do you blog and lie? It’s like drinking and driving…. it’s not cool anymore…. but you don’t know it.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That Flynn situation in Seattle is not done yet. I do like Flynn but Wilson is good too. You asked me about Dalton and I told you he would be a good pro after watching one college game. I gave you that one. I was on Manning in college. I predicted he would be better than his brother. I don’t know if that is true but he does have more SB wins. You need to catch up with me son, you are lagging.

  51. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    On the NFL Turning point, Tony Dungy just said, “To beat the 49ers you don’t stop Alex Smith, you stop Frank Gore.” Amen, Tony. Amen.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- I wasn’t lying, I was sitting.

  53. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “You asked me about Dalton and I told you he would be a good pro after watching one college game. I gave you that one. I was on Manning in college. I predicted he would be better than his brother.”

    Berger – you don’t have to lie to kick it.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Srtinky- You must have been in misery this last Sunday watching Alex and his 125.6 QB rating.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Srtinky- How’s your blog doing?

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- I don’t know how that “r” showed up twice in your name. Sorry about that.

  57. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I loved the Green Bay game.
    My blog is doing about as well as Unca’s. I took my blog down completely three months ago. Lol.

  58. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NaziBerger – simple question: If the 49ers have a normal type year (no big injuries), and they are eliminated in the playoffs and Smith has a game like he had against the Giants in the NFC Championship game, does Harbaugh keep Smith or dump him? Yes or no?

  59. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    To win a Super Bowl, the quarterback needs to play great for three or four games. Alex ain’t doin’ that…. sorry to break up this little party.

  60. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “…three or four games during the ‘playoffs.'”

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You like living in the future I see. I’m just looking forward to the Lions game. It is good to see the confidence you have in Alex that you already have us in the playoffs.

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    SUPERBOWL here we come !

  63. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I see you don’t want to answer the question. With this team, we better make the playoffs. We win the Super Bowl if Harbaugh starts Kaep!

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- Didn’t you tell us Alex could not win a playoff game last year? Since you were wrong about that, now you have to extend that expertise prediction to multiple games. The veal is good, and even though you’ll be here all night I won’t be here much longer. You are killing me with your humor. I appreciate a good laugh.

  65. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Poor stinkfist is jealous. His blog was the abandoned playground of the internet.
    .
    The Niners had about 400 yards of offense. WHat’s the problem? You think if Cappy plays that number goes up to 500? Dream on.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When we win the Super Bowl you can kiss an Alex Smith picture and post it here.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky- You already told us Alex wouldn’t be here this year. He is, broke the all time streak for no interceptions record and has a 125.6 QB rating. Are you ever correct?

  68. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Nazi- Need I remind you Alex Smith was left twisting in the wind with no suitors during free agency while Harbaugh was secretly eloping to Duke University to watch a Peyton Manning tryout? That venture left you saying, “If Smith doesn’t sign, screw him – let him go.” Tell me this? Am I lying? How’s the veil? Does it taste like your foot?

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The veal was good. The veil was on your face when you dreamed about getting married to Jake Locker!

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good night Stinky. You are a great comedian, but I still wouldn’t quit my day job if I were you.

  71. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’d still draft Locker over Kaep and Aldon. You read me right. People don’t realize how important it is to have a great coach. Luck has Pagano (below average), RGIII has Shanahan (superior), Kaep has Harbaugh (the best), and Locker has who? You put Locker behind Smith and let Harbaugh teach Locker? Give me a break. Locker has an old O line coach in Munchek. The qb’s life is simply luck in the NFL. Now some great ones like Elway, it doesn’t matter. But those guys are rare. I’m still up in the air about Luck. I can see the throws, but will he manipulate the defense and get his wide receivers on the same page (heart)? 4 picks week one?
    .
    The qb position is about talent and heart. Locker has both. Smith only has heart. I’ll give him that, but no talent. Now trading Locker and a second round pick for Kaep and Aldon… that’s another debate. But think about this…who’s Kaep if his coach is Munchek? He’s a lifetime backup in the NFL, that’s who.

  72. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, my bad, I meant to write NF. My comments were for NoFear.

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Similar fate occurred for Alex Albert.
    Harbaugh is getting him up to speed quickly.
    I read a piece, (maybe Eric Branch?), where Harbaugh and Alex are the same guys. Top picks that didn’t deliver on expectations etc.
    I’ve probably gone from 40/60 Alex to 60/40 Alex simply on the 1st year improvements with Harbaugh and Roman.
    I’ll keep an open mind and see where it takes us because all we can do is watch and absorb the results.
     
    Alex needs to grow a pair and, I believe he’s showing signs of confidence now with the ever improving results.
    Team game, 3 phases, QB gets the most scrutiny, deservedly so.
    Wins are wins, I’ll take them everyday.
    We have a Monster being born.

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OK 12th, I was away for a few days.
    No worries. Happy to talk 9ers after an impressive win in GB.

  75. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    me too NJ, I agree with your Alex position btw, I had written him off after 2010, saw him improve in 2011 to more or less an average QB and felt he deserved to be the starter this year to see if he can get to the required QB level of play we need. After 1 game, and yes it’s a bit premature, but he showed he can do enough in GB. If that level of play is consistent no way Kap takes over this year.

  76. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    NJ – As the founding member of the ABAS club, I would be remiss not acknowledging that Smith has in fact improved under Harbaugh. I’m not debating or contesting that. The question is whether or not Smith is good enough to win a Super Bowl. Smith, under Harbaugh, had a good (not great, but good) Saints’ game, and horrible Giants’ game. Even though he was improved last year, he was still two games short and that’s a long way if you’re only three games away. And that’s with a first round bye. What if he has to play great for four games? The other point is one that I made a lot during the Singletary and Nolan years. And it’s a point you would be remiss not acknowledging from your end: If any qb is given that many chances, at some point he shows his talent regardless of the coach. Jake Locker is a perfect example. You are already seeing flashes of very real talent from Locker despite his coaches.
    .
    Smith has no doubt improved under Harbaugh, but it’s not enough. Smith still holds the ball way too long, taking unnecessary sacks. He still can’t throw the deep ball. He still can’t throw on the run. He still can’t throw receivers open like Steve Young criticized him of not being able to do years ago.
    .
    The big point about Smith that I have to make that NOBODY can refute is that this is Smith’s last year if he doesn’t win a Super Bowl because Harbaugh is just too damn competitive. Harbaugh didn’t think Kaep was ready and he was distracted by Manning. Next off season, if Smith doesn’t win a Super Bowl, there won’t be a distraction. Smith will be gone…. improvement under Harbaugh or not…… if there is a Jesus.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All points well taken Albert.
    As mentioned, I agree that Alex and Locker are different animals.
    I too had given approval for Locker when he came out along with Dalton.
    For us, we’re hooked to Alex until Kaep or another QB takes it up a notch.
     
    I see Kaep as an Aaron Rodgers-type prospect. Big arm, excellent mobility and extremely fast, ala Young.
    As for Alex and a SB? We’ll have to wait for the Season to play out. I buy your points and would add that I’m remaining optimistic given the improvements we’ve gotten from him since Harbaugh came to town.
    He’s got all the pieces around him now, there is no more time to waste.
    Kaep is already seeing game action and likely could be inserted as needed anywhere along the way. Just remember what happened to Bledsoe in NE.
    1 shot is all it takes for the understudy to sieze the thrown.

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh is the new Mad Scientist of sorts.
    He’s not going to sit and watch mediocre play. As long as Alex is delivering the W’s he’ll remain under center.
    The real answer to your vision is when and if we struggle or an injury occurs.
    From what I’ve seen, Kaep is an exciting option to have.
    As for pocket presence?
    I think Tolzien has that.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky

    You post all this crap about how Alex Smith is going to fail yet you predict a 16-0 season.
    Yes you are a moron.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did I read this correctly? Stinkblood wants to trade Kappy, Aldon an a 2nd pick for Jake Locker? Wow! Is there any possibility you could get a GM job for the Rams or any other team I enjoy watching lose!

  81. robNo Gravatar says:

    i read that too BERGER !

    LOL

    I would pay a million dollars to go back to the insider and read all the names of players SPITTOON said we had to “get rid of” !

    90 percent of them are still here on our top ranked team !

    i’m LMAO thinking about all the people he said we should draft to replace them !

  82. robNo Gravatar says:

    how good is alex smith

    Entering Sunday night’s home opener against Detroit, Smith is the leader of a historically error-free offense. The 49ers haven’t committed a turnover in six straight regular-season games, the second-best mark in NFL history, and they can match the league record held by the 2010 Patriots with a turnover-free performance against the Lions.

  83. robNo Gravatar says:

    SF vs. NE in the superbowl !

  84. robNo Gravatar says:

    alex smith’s 49ers vs. tom brady’s patriots !

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Is the sweep making a comeback? I hope so. IMO, it is hard to get good at it but once a team can successfully run the sweep it the most dominating weapon in the game of football. You know it is coming but you can’t stop it. D-line sprinting 30 yards every play makes them ineffective later in the game, and you just keep sweeping them. Our ’89 team had the Green Bay sweep. This team is not using the GB sweep, but it is still the sweep.

  86. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No more sweeps! No more sweeps!

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- Yeah, that’s what they were saying in 1989. Then, we started to learn how to block for it. The rest was history. That was probably the most dominating romp through the playoffs of any team in NFL history.

  88. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkfist, the Glenn DICKey of the outsider.
    .
    He wanted to trade Montana for Gary Plummer in 1986 after Joe’s back surgery.

  89. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon and Cappy for Locker is about as ludicrous as it gets, but he knows that.
    .
    Skeebs, I was at the Niner/Raider game in 1988 when that ‘cheer’ went up in the 3rd quarter. The crap-ass 9-3 loss that almost got Walsh fired mid-season. It rained all day, and the game ended on a 9 yard loss on a 4th and 1 reverse to Jerry Rice. They were 6-5, and apparently Eddie D went into the locker room and lit everyone up. He later nearly canned Walsh, and Walsh used that for motivation to get the team going.
    .
    They went 7-1 down the strech, and won the Super Bowl.

  90. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh firmly believed that a football field was 100 yards long and 53 yards wide and that you made the defense defend every inch of it. Kind of the Anti-Jimmy Raye, who believed anything outside the tackle box or ten yards downfield was verboten. I think his play diagrams had “Here Be Dragons” around the edges. The sweep is part of that, attacking the edges. Its problem in recent years is that in the athletic arms race between offense and defense, defenders were finally winning. You need blocking linemen who can beat the defense to the edge to make it work. We now have some linemen who – while huge compared to their 80s equivalents – can do this.

  91. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Grump, as linebackers got faster, those plays like sweeps became less and less successful. Even with the smaller faster O linemen Walsh used, the play didn’t work like it used to.
    .
    Plus, blocking/holding rules were changed to give the defense an advantage.

  92. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/word-muth/2012/word-muth-49ers-packers
     
    Nice breakdown of our line play with all-22 screen shots. He praises the middle of our line a lot. Staley had a rough day, and Davis is playing better but still improving. Iupati ate B.J. Raji for lunch, which is one big meal. Boone was very solid, especially on the sweep. Goodwin was just technically very sound and error-free.

  93. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Boone was pretty damn good. Staley had it rough, but Clay Matthews is one of the best. He’ll have better days.

  94. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, that is excellent shit. Never seen that Ben Muth’s stuff before. Gonna borrow that for my blog.

  95. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Go for it. I stole it fair and square after seeing it on Grant Cohn’s Dysfunctional Playground.

  96. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Dexter Carter used to run a mean sweep… against the Bills.

  97. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe I’m just to superstitious to start making SB plans just yet. i think we are in the top 4 teams in the league but we still need a little luck, especially against the injury bug. Even though it breaks my heart(snicker) take a look at the Rams, they finaly get their QB back and no sooner do they lose their starting LT and center. Bradford id gonna be running for his life.Lol

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Clinch the division, get home field advantage and then start talking about postseason.
    Still a long road ahead.

  99. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Why in the world would someone use two different profiles to blog on the same blog? Is it because you’re ashamed of how much you blog? I say screw it, Chuck. We all know you’re the red headed step child of a twisted sister two clicks south of a nurse Rachett scalpel. You put the Crazy in “I’m a basket case.” Wait… there’s no r or z in “I’m a basket case.” Oh well. Chuck has no idea what I’m talking about anyway. Chuck actually is the squirrel in the tree that Rob plays checkers with. Rob must have powerful Wifi and Chuck the squirrel must trade his nuts for a computer with voice recognition that has an app for squirrel rosetta stone… (’cause squirrels can’t type). Rob vs Chuck the Squirrel in a cage death match checkers game for all the one marbles rolling around in both their heads. When chuck wins he yells, “Queen me, Bitch,” while singing YMCA.

  100. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Must be lonely in your tent, Stinkfingers . . . Get out and smell the roses.

  101. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Two profiles? Really?

  102. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer the one with the multiple names, skippy; not me. I see yer avatar is ready for the usual, eh?

  103. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Just like you. . . Eyes shut, mouth open. I hear yer king of the local glory hole.

  104. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome back, Al. You couldn’t lead a blind trout to water out here if you tried. Water doesn’t show up for 5 years then runs 12 feet in 8 hours. Then goes into the underground cave systems or dries up as quick as it came.
    How’s things in Humboldt?

  105. robNo Gravatar says:

    kendall hunter on the sweep ?
    hmmm

  106. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    What’s up, RT? Blind trout don’t live very long… They get eaten by blind squirresl who don’t like nuts. With the Chinese harvesting clouds and forcing rain, you may never see rain again down in your nether regions.

  107. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “No more sweeps! No more sweeps!”
    .
    I’m proud to say I was at the ‘Stick that day and did my part in chanting those very words in between my sips of Budweiser.

  108. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Quote from Steve Young this week
    ” Really, this is the team to beat right now. There are the 49ers and everybody else. I know it’s early, but that’s just how it is right now. It’s kind of a neat spot for Alex to be in. And he’s earned every bit of it.”

  109. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Quote from Tony Dungy this week, “You don’t beat the 49ers by stopping Alex Smith. You beat the 49ers by stopping Frank Gore.”
    .
    And Frank Gore has earned every bit of it.

  110. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky I think both those quotes are good, but maybe Dungy is a little behind in the current play of the team. No doubt Niners are a great run team with a star RB, but the play has evolved to a balanced attack where Smith is not the weak link anymore. This ain’t Singleneuron’s team anymore, there’s a new sheriff in town and although Smith is no gunslinger, he is running the scheme efficiently right now, not managing it, running it.

  111. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah… I’m sure Dungy is a national media football expert lagging behind in the NFL information category. Great theory.

  112. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure Steve Young ex 49er hall of fame QB and national media expert has his finger on the pulse of the team more than east coast Tony Dungy. But maybe your just smarter than the average bear.

  113. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Steve Young quotes … Didn’t Young say, “Peyton Manning is a thorough man and the 49ers are the best team in the hunt, and that’s why they 49ers probably land him [Manning}.”

  114. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If Alex isn’t the weak link, why was Young clamoring for Manning four months ago?

  115. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    Historically yes. If your alluding to Manning (healthy) is a better QB than Smith I think you might have stumbled on a revelation of epic proportions. What an insight you have, maybe you should sit next to Dungy?

    Smith is the QB and if he plays at good standard every week he will be all year so suck it up.

  116. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    Because Manning is a once in a generation QB, who if healthy, which he still isn’t according to Manning himself, is a top 5 QB on his worst day. Problem is, he went to Denver.

  117. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    So Dungy thinks you stop Gore and Young wants Manning. What was it you were saying?

  118. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky you are letting prior seasons and play cloud your judgement of Smith today. I am no Smith fan but real is real, the guy is playing well.

  119. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    keep up stinky, Young wanted Manning if healthy 4 months ago, things change in life. I don’t think Dungy laid a diss on Smith, more like high praise for Gore, but you can shade it anyway you want, it’s a free country.

  120. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not a diss, it’s an opinion and a smart one. You stop the run, you stop the 49ers. Alex Smith isn’t beating you.

  121. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    Stinky you’re a funny guy, you think an old Steve Young quote somehow trumps last weeks quote about the same player/position, remind me to play poker with you sometime.

  122. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    Old Alex Smith true, new and improved Alex Smith, no longer true, he has the weapons and used them or haven’t you seen the Niners for a while?

  123. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I think “trump,” is spades. Details don’t matter to you. Whatever you can do to support Smith. Forget the details.

  124. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Same guy now as he was last year. Keep trying to sell a new guy. Whatever.

  125. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    You obviously haven’t read many of my posts if you think I’m a Smith lover but it is what it is. It’s just bloody minded to keep ignoring the man’s improved game just because he’s Smith.

  126. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t need to sell anything, last year he made it to the lofty heights of average, which I doubted he was capable of doing but he did. He played well in GB, to say otherwise is asinine.

  127. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Pfft. Alex was great in Green Bay last week. GREAAAAT.
    I’ve been the biggest “hater” on here for years.
    The man played a great game. Time to suit up for the next one.

  128. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    With this team, Alex better win a Super Bowl.

  129. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If Alex plays most of the remaining 19 like that, we’ll go through the NFL like week old sushi, and get Lombardi Number Six.
     
    Thing is, in the NFL, it’s move / countermove. If Alex starts getting comfortable throwing, defenses will haul out the blitz again. Or something else.
     
    It’s how Alex handles the blitz and the various ways that DCs will attack him this year that will determine his fate here. He is improved, but he will need to keep improving and adjusting to keep ahead of the curve. Every game this year will be Judgment Day, and a new mountain to climb. I won’t say he cannot do it, as he has already pleasantly exceeded my expectations over the last year and a half. But it will be a tough road. And if we go with Kaep next year, it will be no different for him. To be an NFL quarterback is to be a gunslinger. Everyone is always coming for you.

  130. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    IF* Alex wins a Super Bowl, he will be able to write his ticket here, obviously.
     
    If not, the ruthless logic of the salary cap will shortly demand some unpleasant choices. We want badly to keep Bowman. We are already close to the cap. Not everyone will be able to stay here. That very easily could include Alex – just as it did Garcia a few years back.

  131. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    So much for Jay Cutler. Four picks? He is no Alex Smith. LOL. Serious, though, I’ve never much liked him.

  132. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Get the sweep going good and the Super Bowl is ours providing we stay healthy.

  133. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    People won’t be making fun of the Packer D this week. This makes our offense look that much better.

  134. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I think Grump makes a great point. We have Kaep who could play now despite Smith lovers wanting to deny that. But next year we have Kaep at something less than a million per year and Smith overpaid at 6 or 7 million per year. Both guys can do the same thing – Kaep might actually be able to do more … for less money. Dumping Smith saves you 5 or 6 million per year, and the 49ers are gonna be up against it. If Smith doesn’t win a Super Bowl this year, he’s gone. No Alexcuses.

  135. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe the biggest long term good news from last week was Alex Boone at guard. For a new starter who is “too tall” and “not athletic enough” (so they said in his draft year), he looked pretty damned solid. Enough to already make me forget Chilo Whatshisname.

  136. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    You’re right grump, move/counter move, what I liked about the GB game is the O dictated to the defense all game long. Not only scheme wise but simply out muscled them. If we can continue to dictate the scheme and pace of the game on O we will be very hard to beat all year long.
    Niners no long react to the D, and that’s huge.

  137. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Smith’s contract is such that we can keep him – if he is clearly our best option – or walk away if he is not. If we keep him, we probably will have to make choices elsewhere. I’m confident that Harbaugh will evaluate correctly. I also believe now that this team is strong enough to win it all, if we stay healthy, and if Alex plays only modestly better than last year. Its mostly about sustaining drives. Third down was still shaky last week, but we were moving the chains pretty well on second down. We’ll see if he can keep it going.

  138. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    12th: It is a damned good thing, to have coaches who can actually think, and who understand strategy. As opposed to dropping trou or falling asleep in the press box. Thank God we brought in Harbaugh.

  139. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I was listening to a call in on KNBR a couple years ago when I didn’t know who the guy was.
    He talked about Boone rampaging through the streets, getting drunk and arrested (when the cops had to stop the football players).
    When his career was toast, Sing took him in.
    Yep, my kinda guy then. My kinda guy now.
    I think he’ll take over for Goodwin in a couple years. Or, just stay were he is.

  140. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    I hear ya Grump, no way Smith improves to this degree under any of the old regimes. My thinking is next year we lose key members of our coaching team.

  141. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    RT, Boone would make a good RT/LT.

  142. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    He played LT last year when Staley was out, and was solid. His height and reach is ideal for tackle.

  143. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Sing was lot better coach than “you guys” ever gave him credit for. 2-5 in another losing season under NoWin, then finished up 5-2 with road win over Bret Favre.
    He set the groundwork for a lot of this stuff. Turned VD’s career around and cut Taylor Mays.
    Lit a big fire under Alex and let him know the past was the past.
    Just wanted him as a transional coach. Never thought he has stupid enough to fire Mad Mike and hire Jimmy Raye.
    He’s a great coach, and I don’t diss great coaches. He just had no right staying as HC.

  144. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry RT, Sing was in way over his head.

  145. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Singletary, HOF Middle Linebacker for the Chicago Bears, who took over for Mike Nolan as Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers and was fired for Jim Harbaugh.
    He said Patrick Willis would never make it, then became his personal coach.
    Now he’s back being linebackers coach of a messed up team, the Vikings. And assistant coach where he belongs.

  146. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, my Dad was helping design the satellites described in “Flying Through Midnight” in Cambodia. We were never far away and didn’t trust ’em after Bobby got shot.
    You can be a Socialist and a Patriot, too. Keynesian economics works when you have a budget surplus, too, like it’s made to be. Saving for good times. It’s been perverted again, like pure capitalism.
    Come back NoFear.

  147. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I edited or got edited on the MFIIC.

  148. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Laos, Cambodia. I messed up. Everything else is true.
    Or is it really?

  149. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The C-137 was a beatiful MF plane. I wish we hadn’t trashed our money on the F-22. Maybe the F-35, though I doubt it.

  150. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    C-133. I don’t know my Spits and my Messershmidt tonight. The 133 was an early model still flying when the better ones crashed.

  151. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I tried to beat Reno’s record for consecutive posts.
    Another night.

  152. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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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