Wake Up Calls

49er fans waited a long, long time for the team to come up with a dominant pass rushing DE/OLB. Last year, this patience finally paid off, as Aldon Smith wracked up 14 sacks as a rookie. Alas, in his first offseason of semi-stardom, he’s been busted for a DUI and stabbed in a brawl at a party. This is the sort of behavior that gets you suspended and useless, or dead and ditto. Hey, Aldon! Get a lightbulb and turn it on!

Maybe character flaws come with the pass rush territory. The last great home grown pass rusher for the 49ers was Charles Haley in the late eighties. As we all know, Haley had some unique weirdness flawing his character. If you don’t know about Haley’s habits, Google them up and blush in the privacy of your office or home.

I’ve left out Andre Carter, some of you astutemongers might notice. Carter played a few years for us in the early part of this century. He puts up ten sacks every year, doing it last season for the Patriots. But Carter is the Rafael Palmeiro of football. He puts up the stats, they accumulate, but nobody ever notices them or is even aware of their existence. And they never made a difference in any part of the universe outside of Andre’s mom’s living room.

Last season, the 49ers went from Frank Gore’s team to Alex Smith’s team. This ended a five year run of top doggity for Gore. This year, Gore will slip even further down the slope of his waning career as three new running backs muscle into his territory. Due to his alma mater’s late graduation ceremonies, we have yet to see second round RB pick LaMichael James carry the oblate spheroid, but Maiocco thinks this fellow will have the greatest impact of any player from our 2012 draft.

Given the depth at WR, our first pick AJ Jenkins is unlikely to see a lot of action, and the other picks will need some seasoning, so Maiocco’s opinion is probably correct. How great an impact is the real question. If he’s as good as advertised, this could be Gore’s last year in a red and gold uniform.

I feel for you, Frank. This morning I have been recruited by a niece to help move junk from her old home to her new one. In the process, I will get a bird’s eye view of what her generation considers precious junk versus what mine treasured. The operative feeling is obsolescence. A feeling Frank will be enduring during this coming season. We love ya, Frank. Your junk was pretty damn good.

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  1. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Dirtdiver59 has reappeared on SF Gate. My guess is it’s V or somebody like Guest going for the character assasination.
    Anytime V compliments another post you have to figure he’s patting himself on the back.
    Other people have caught on to this.
    He preys on the new posters and they catch on after a few weeks.

  2. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    The question that hasn’t been asked is were there any other 49ers at the party?

  3. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    A really downer of a story.
    For a guy in his mid 40s he looks like he’s pushing 80

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/02/former-chargers-49ers-lb-steve-hendrickson-in-cognitive-decline/

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I was asking that question on the phone yesterday.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- V and guest seem to prey on people who don’t have anything bad to say anything about Alex Smith.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops- I forgot to delete the 2nd ‘anything’ when I rewrote the last post.

  7. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny thing is, it usually takes about 4 months for V to figure out how to recreate an ID. He’s dirtdiver2 now?
    .
    He used a variation of mine for a while, and I know about Bulitt’s. Funny thing was, I stopped posting on the Insider due to a bet I made (turned out I was a couple years early). When he was still posting on my old blog, he said, don’t worry about the bet, post over there. I make ONE post about a month later, and he goes ape-shit.
    .
    My take was, really? This gets your rocks off? I’ve made like 5 posts in the subsequent 2.5 years. The stupidity is just too much to respond to.
    .
    And the only reason I attributed V to NoFear is the uncanny timing around their posts a couple years ago. I don;t really believe it, because I don’t think he’d waste the time, but I caught V a few times patting himself on the back with 2 IDs, and then not being able to keep them straight. Hyuk. NoFear ain’t that idiotic.
    .
    The Central Scrutinizer would be able to keep the subterfuge in order as to not cross shit up.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The funny thing about the Central Scrutinzer video is how incredible the musicianship is. Frank has some of the top musicians in the world on this track and it shows.

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    i still like andre carter !

  10. robNo Gravatar says:

    brandon lloyd is rated higher than any of our WR’s !

    i think he’ll have a great season this year ! the pro bowl isn’t out of the question imo

  11. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Sacramento Bee interviewed Drew Brees and he said the following about this blog’s favorite topic
    “DB: I met Alex … Alex actually came and trained with us a little bit down here (in San Diego) with another guy, Todd Durkin, who I still train with. We worked down here in what would have been – ’06 maybe? It was when Reggie Bush was a rookie because they went to high school together in Helix (high school) here in San Diego. That’s when I first met Alex. And you could immediately see, ‘Hey this guy’s a great athlete, he’s got a great head on his shoulders, he works extremely hard and all those things. What made me like him and follow him and follow his career – obviously he’s had a lot of different offensive systems. A lot different coaches, a lot of turnover around him, and he’s had to suffer through some injuries. It’s been one tough break after another for him. And yet, you feel like he’s always handled himself very well despite the circumstances and despite the tough situations. And so whenever you see a guy like that succeed like he was able to last year – at our expense (laughs) – you still have to be very proud of the guy and happy for him. Any time you see a guy overcome adversity and handle to the right way, I’m happy for those guys. And they deserve it. Because it’s not easy to do. Not everybody can do it. But he definitely seems like he’s had to come up the hard way in that regard, and he’s handled it very well.”

  12. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    In honor of Andy Griffith’s passing . . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xhOdlbosQ1g

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This version has cartoon pics to go along with his story. Funny Stuff. RIP Andy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNxLxTZHKM8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  14. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, Brees is saying the same as the rest of us to one degree or another: good kid, good athlete, had tough career breaks and some success last season.

    Skeebs thinks Smith has arrived, niners are his now. Maybe, Skeebs might be right.

    I for one need more than the partial success and limited improvement before annointing him. I’m optomistic he can improve further and hope its enough.

    Superbowl caliber teams generally have small windows of opportunity to capitalize on the coaching and player skill levels before losing them in part to other teams.

    Its a risk to stay pat at QB, something management knows and looked into upgrading. Ultimately the best course of action is inaction since he is the best on the roster and no upgrade is currently available.

    I don’t feel that my opinion makes me a hater, or a spittle spewer, I think I’m a realist, but we all have opinions right?

  15. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Its unusual for the niners, at least since Nolan, to have problematic players. They have stressed high character guys, with a slip here or there but nothing serious.

    Now we have Aldon Smith, apparently 2 times stupid in 6 months involving the PoPo.

    He has outrageous natural football ability and an unlimited upside since setting the niner rookie sack record and 1/2 a sack away from tying the league rookie record.

    Its often the case that the most talented guys are the most difficult to contain.

    I wonder if Harbalke are more willing to take higher risk guys as a management style in order to get better talent or if its just an anomoly?

    Either way here’s hoping Al on has learned a valuable life lesson and he tows the line from now on.

  16. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    12th man

    I have often said I’m not an Alex Smith apologist but feel I’m constantly defending him because he is the starting QB and I feel he’s been dealt with unfairly.
    I have a tendency to support the starting QB for the Niners with exceptions of O’Sullivan and Sean Hill because those guys had obvious flaws and are or were career backups.
    Alex Smith will be the starting QB until a more talented and accomplished QB takes over.
    I’m still waiting for that to happen.

  17. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just read that old time Raiduh
    Ben Davidson passed away today.
    He was a great palyer in his day.
    RIP

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Why is it when somebody is being a negative ninny they are just being a realist? The next time somebody kills himself because he had no reason to live from not knowing how identify what is going on around, we can just say he was a realist.
     
    So if Alex repeats last season, or even does better, are us fans that believed he had already arrived when the decent coaching arrived not the real realists? We saw the real truth before the so called real “realists”.
     
    Example: “Hey, your wife is ugly.” Is that an example of an ass hole or a realist? On this blog that is a realist, according to the self proclaimed realists.
     
    I guess if you are one that can’t see how bad our offensive schemes have been lately you label yourself a realist. If you are one who can see the flashes of brilliance of our QB through how bad our coaching has been you are an Alex lover, delusional or just not a “realist”.
     
    The self proclaimed realist here seem to be more surfeit with hubris. So I looked up the meaning in the dictionary.
     
    re·al·ist   /ˈriəlɪst/ Show Spelled[ree-uh-list] Show IPA
    noun
    1. a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.
     
    So are the real realists 1: The ones who could not see the good QB through the bad coaching, or 2: The ones who could a see a good QB through the bad coaching or, 3: The ones who identified the bad QBing regardless of the coaching quality?
     
    Or do we add a 4th column, those who don’t know what they are seeing and want to feel good about their ignorance, so they call themselves realists?

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We only need one pin Rodney:
    http://youtu.be/pStfv9cjJt0
    RIP Ben. (and Rodney)

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th man- Sorry to be so introspective. But every time some negative ninny claims to be a realist it infers us positive people aren’t really in tune. I feel I’m a realist. So since we don’t agree I guess we both can’t be realists. Listening to the negativos for years calling themselves realists just finally made me want to ask some questions. Feel free to respond. It would be hard to hurt my feelings. A real realist should not have feelings, right?

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is being rumored that Mark Sanchez just completed a pass to Eva Longoria.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’re all realists.
    It’s a personal perception-thing Berger, an opinion.
    We should each see positives and negatives.
    1) Alex is our QB, we want him to succeed.
    2) Alex has dealt with some rather unique circumstances, which have hampered his development.
    3) Alex has finally been given a QB friendly Coach, who has given him a system and a sense of confidence to improve his game.
     
    Now…IMO, Alex still needs to improve his read/react timing and, deliver more catchable balls more frequently.
    I neither love, nor hate, Alex.
    I ‘realistically’ feel he’s got room to improve.
    I feel more confident that he will, with Harbaugh and Roman, especially with the new WRs,a full TC and, the 2nd year in the same System.

  23. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    V might be a nice guy on the phone
    but he’s a nutcase on SFgate.
    Rant after rant repeating the same crap. Is he attempting to brainwash everyone?
    If you read under his latest alias Haley, he’s now anti Harbaugh because of Alex Smith and every post is trashing both.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Outside of a couple on unca chucks blog, I haven’t read a V post in years. He is a nut job on the blog. I’ve told him so and he laughs. When I tell him Alex is a good QB he says something like, “come on Reno”. He definitely hates Alex Smith. I haven’t talked to him for over a year but I did leave a message a few months ago lauding Alex. He called back a couple weeks ago to say hi but he had to leave a message.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- My point was to point out it is always the negativos that have to defend their views by claiming to just be “realists”. I felt a gallant compunction to expose this negativo technique.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we have a return of the WOTD. Excellent!

  27. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, yeah what NJ said.

    I don’t think I’m particularly negative about AS. I don’t have a particular axe to grind one way or another and I’m not big on applying labels to those that favor one viewpoint or another.

    The crux of the issue IMO is has AS been a repressed talent by coaching or the reverse.

    Coaching has certainly been dismal, scheme certainly lacking and all the other various components that go into QB success we speak of have been lacking.

    My thoughts are that whilst all those issues certainly do nothing to improve his chances of success they are not the sole reasons for his below average play, up until last season that is.

    Scheme does not prevent looking off the safety for example, or cause the ball to be thrown in the dirt or way high or prevent a timely pump fake or any of the nuances of the position that are requisite for a good QB to accomplish in the 2/3 seconds he has to make such decisions in order to make a positive play.

    AS improved last year in no small part to the scheme designed for him and because his part in the offense was controlled. He was not asked to do very much and consequently the opportunity for poor play was less.

    In addition to those factors AS himself appeared to become more confident, something beaten out of him by successive seasons of prior poor coaching/play. He also had stretches of play where he was as good as any QB in the league.

    Management had failed AS, but more importantly had failed the team by not acting decisively to replace him during his poor play seasons. Instead waiting season after season for the light bulb to come on for him. Well perhaps it finally has, last year he did improve his play and deserves the chance to be the starting QB this season.

    What I find strange is the notion that Harbaugh constrained AS from greater success last season. That Harbaughs scheme is so conservative that AS was not able to flourish, his natural talents reigned in. Really?

    Berger, feel free to wax poetic in my direction, I enjoy your posts and thoughts as I do everyone else’s. I miss the miscreants on the blog too, despite the disruptions they also made it lively and sometimes thought provoking.

    Skeebs blog is the only one I have joined so far and because it has thoughtful points of views from everyone, he keeps it in order pretty well and his posts are interesting. It gets a little tame from time to time due to a lack of opposing viewpoints, something NF brings to the table for example.

  28. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith is far meeting expectations of his draft status.
    Criticism of his performance
    and accomplishments are warranted .
    However it seems that instaed of constructive criticism it turns into cheap potshots and extreme comments calling Smith another Ryan Leaf or JaMarcus Russell which we all know is far from the truth.
    When you engage in these “discussions” the rhetoric does get heated and you don’t want to half-ass it so you get branded as an Alex Smith apologist.
    Happy 4th everyone. Have a safe
    holiday and keep all your digits
    by being careful of slow burning fuses and duds.

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    niners 4 ever
    happy 4th everyone !

  30. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just saw the movie “Act of Valor” on dvd and it’s definitely worth seeing. Because it’s the 4th of July I would like to share a poem by Tecumseh which they quoted in the movie.
    http://tinyurl.com/76ky55z

    ===

    Chief Tecumseh was a wise man.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- Alex is one of the best in the league at looking off the safety. I know the crowd says otherwise. And an announcer will point out a play where he didn’t. But watch his eyes during a game, he is fantastic at negotiating a safety.
     
    How restricted was Alex Smith. Is that what you said after one of his six 4th quarter comebacks last year? I think it wasn’t Alex that didn’t know the offense but the other 10 guys. But feel free to blame Alex, it helps make a person fit in better with the blog crowd?
     
    The dissenters speak less these days about Alex because they are worried about having to run from their precious reputations. Thing is, let Alex have a bad game, they’ll all be here and at every 49er blog since they got to step away from the ledge.
     
    I always asked, “how can you tell if he is a bad QB when the coaching is so bad?” When he had Turner he looked really good. Last year he looked really good. His two forays with good coaching are enough for me. Like Montana said, our offense sucked, there was no one to throw to.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- Those “realist” posts weren’t directed at you, they were directed at all of the negativos over the years trying to tell me being negative is being real. I strongly disagree with that premise. All you did was flip the switch at the right/wrong time and get the “realist” juices in me flowing.

  33. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Your words are righteous. Some
    posters perpetually go negative
    and take pleasure in tearing the Niners apart no mstter how well things are going.
    Then they label you a sheep or cheerleader with this high school anti-establishment mentality where to be cool you go against the grain.
    This is a 49er site and I support the Niners. The twisted logic is you have to be hypercritical to be a true fan. Nimrod thinking.

  34. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    BIull it, I hear ya bro, feeling attacked for your opinion creates a sh*t storm all around but its all good fun.

    Berger, thanks for the reply. I don’t have access to the coaches tape (yet) to be sure about Alex’s ability to look off a safety, perhaps you do I don’t know. But my personal experience both watching on TV and in person at games is its more likely the deer in the headlights rather than the confident looking off the safety I’m going to see although again much better this season. I have read others opinions who do have the 22 tape as to him looking off safeties and they tend to think its an area of weakness and I agree with that.

    I also disagree that under Turner Alex was great. He was improved yes but still below average only attaining averageness last year in a carefully crafted offense under Harbaugh. Again these are simply my thoughts not gospel.

    Six 4th quarter comebacks is a team feat just as 3 losses were a team feat. Last years record had more to do with strength of defense and special teams than offence and in particular the greatness of Alex.

    Field position and turnovers created most of it, Alex was just as likely to waste great field position as to capitalize on it, again not alone but in a team mentality. What is at issue for me is that a more polisher QB, an above average QB likely would have been able to do more and perhaps we are looking for number 7 this season.

    There were 2 games last year where I though Alex did put the team on his back, Philly and NO at least he did in the 4th quarters, fantastic efforts and I reckon the NO games is probably deserving of game of the year but as much for how the defense handled Brees as for Alex and his seller 4th quarter play.

    To sum it up I think Alex is now an average QB, which is a bigmjump over his prior play. I worry about where his ceiling lies and if its enough to get our 6th. Either way he’s our guy this year and I support both him and the team.

    Incidentally, I’m not one to fear being wrong about an issue so don’t worry about me backing away from a ledge. Its only an opinion right or wrong which only time will tell

    Also thanks for clearing up the negativity thing, although we disagree as to Alex’s current skill level I’m not particularly negative and don’t view you as overly positive.

    You have good football knowledge I know from reading your posts which are usually well thought out whether I agree with them or not.

    Happy and safe 4th to everyone!

  35. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Just read the poem Bullit , wise words indeed and a good find.

    Skeebs thinks Frank’s best years are behind him, maybe so but either way I’m thankful that management has made the right moves to protect team performance in the running back department.

    Its a departure from recent history for us to have the luxury of skilled depth at most positions. Hopefully if the injury bug hits us this year we can ride it out without too much drop off in performance.

    Safety is a bit thin in experience behind the starters but great althetes we do have and coaching is elite in all positions.

    Some hard desicions to be made when the Turk makes his appearance this year.

  36. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    We are 12 days from the Jul 16 deadline for Goldson to sign the tender or the Niners to offer him a long term contract.
    Both sides have been quiet about this since the start of their minicamp
    Tick tock

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Fourth of July, Outsiders. I have burgers, fries and chili on the menu for tonight. Can’t get too much more American than that. Frank’s sticking with his fish and shrimp. He’s the true Outsider.
     
    Be safe and remember to be thankful. It’s a goddamn privilege to live in this great country of ours.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- You don’t need coaches tape, just look for yourself. Alex is excellent at looking off the safety. The deer in the headlights is one of the haters company slogans. I expect to hear that. They’ve sold you. With a well designed play you don’t see that. Like Joe Montana said, “your offense sucks, there is nobody to throw to”. What do you want, turnovers. We tried the aggressive experiment with JTO. Is that what you want, don’t read the D, just chuck it. I always thought Hill could have been good if we had any coaches to teach some throwing fundamentals. Unfortunately he had to go to Detroit to learn some decent mechanics. Our coaching was abysmal.
     
    You don’t have to agree with me that Alex was great under Turner because I never said that. I said he was really good. I also said he was really good last year. I expect this year for him to border on great. For that we’ll have to wait and see.
     
    If the 4th Q comebacks are not Alex, how come the losses are Alex. Let’s be a little more consistent here. If they are his losses then they are his wins. I agree it a team deal but the QB is the field general. He needs a good game plan and players around him to succeed. A good game plan has been lacking for a while now. We finally saw some decent game plans last year.
     
    Don’t ever worry about disagreeing with me. If we all agreed this, and any, blog would suck. I’m missing some of the major Alex haters for this confabulation. Where’s my buddy NoFear? I guess I’ll just have converse with fence sitters you and NJ. Hey, I was a fence sitter until the middle of last year. I understand. It’s just that I am now sold and you two aren’t. Give it some time and I have confidence we’ll pull you two onto the bandwagon. Alex is a really good QB. Great? We’ll see, but it would not surprise me.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I’ll be hypocritical if that is the way I see it. I just think the Alex Haters don’t really know what they are talking about, they just want to win. So they form a hanging posse to make themselves feel important. How can they be wrong with so many agreeing is the outcome. It really doesn’t matter that they hang the wrong guy.
     
    I didn’t say anything good or bad about Alex for years because there was no way to tell with Nolan switching the offensive system every year and Singletary’s leadership. Funny thing is the hanging posse was hanging me because I would not join the mob to hang a possible innocent victim. So i sat on the fence until I saw what I needed to see. Now that I have seen that we have a good QB I am speaking up. The year under Turner got my attention, last year reassured me he knows what he is doing.
     
    Right now Alex reminds me of Bob Griese and Troy Aikman. Not stat guys, just winners. If that is what he turns out to be I’ll take it. Something tells me he has a little more than that. For that I’ll need to see another year.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Happy 4th all. I thought I said this earlier but the post never appeared.

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bob Griese and Troy Aikman have five Super Bowl rings between them. Alex has one, ONE good NFL year on his resume. That’s the most asinine thing you’ve ever said. One, ONE completion for three yds to a WR and just one, ONE for thirteen on 3rd down conversions in the NFC Championship Game and he’s a winner like Griese and Aikman. That’s not only asinine, that’s asi-ten, asi-eleven and asi-twelve.

  42. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    Here I go again defending Alex from sinister forces and I repeat, I am not an Alex Smith apologist.
    Since you brought up Bob Griese
    and are using him as one of your examples let’s examine the Miami Dolphin perfect 17-0 season.
    In the playoffs the Dolphins useed a combination of Earl Morral
    and Bob Griese. Together they passed for 297 yds TOTAL for 2 playoff games and the Super Bowl.
    To be exact Griese threw for 88 yds in the Super Bowl win.
    The 1972 Dolphins had a perfect season because they had 2 QBs that took care of the ball, a superior defense and special teams and a strong running game. Sound familar? Not so asinine to compare stats when you see what they actually are and don’t make assumptions. Not a good idea to compare different eras.

  43. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    Looking at the 1973 playoffs Griese completed 3 passes for 26 yds again the Raiduhs and beat them in the AFC Championship.
    In the Super Bowl Griese threw
    for 63 yds and they won.
    In 2 Super Bowl victories Griese
    had a whopping total of 151 yds passing.
    I’m not so sure Griese helps your viewpoint here.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- 5 Super Bowls! Now that is exciting. That’s the best thing you ever said. 5 Super Bowls! So what you are saying is our future is here, right?
     
    Can you please tell me how many Super Bowls Tony Romo has, and what is his play-off record? Chris Canty says the reason the Cowboys don’t win is Tony Romo is a choker. How do you feel about that statement?

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Basically, Canty is saying Romo stymies the Cowboys winning ways. The difference between Alex Smith and Tony Romo is Alex comes from behind to win and Romo comes from ahead to lose. While Alex cares more about winning, Romo cares more about stats.

  46. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, Berger’s the one that brought up Griese and Aikman, not Dennis. But, whatever.
    .
    Griese’s Dolphins were a power running team with Czonka and Kiick (and Mercury Morris). Once in a while, they’d go deep to soften up the safeties. Even with Paul Warfield, one of my favorite players as a kid. Teams regularly won games throwing for 160 yards, and maybe throw 12-16 times.
    .
    Those Steeler teams of the 70s were much the same. Aikman’s Cowboys were a more balanced team. They threw a lot of short WCO type passes, ran very well with E Smith, and hit the occasional big play. The point being, Aikman wasn’t putting up huge numbers by any means.
    .
    Which is what I think the point is.

  47. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    That being said, I already put up Romo’s playoff numbers next to Smith’s and Smith is better by a country mile.
    .
    Pertinant #s:
    Romo: 1-4 4 TDs 2 INTs 80.4 QBR
    Smith: 1-1 5 TDs 0 INTs 101.5 QBR

  48. BullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck/Dennis

    I was just reacting to 9:26pm post by Dennis and now I see that Berger brought this up earlier and Berger is correct in making his point. Dennis did mention the 2 Super Bowl rings. I also should have just gone to bed after a long evening of celebrating the 4th so I aopologize for not reading all the posts.
    Too often we just think of Dilfer
    and Johnson as those type of QBs.
    Griese won his only 2 Superbowls throwing for a combined 151 yds.
    A winning coach will utilize his team’s strengths and that’s exactly what’s happening with the Niners. Going old school.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Yes, that was the point. Even Montana was not a huge stat guy. Look at Brady. He won his 3 SBs before he became the big stat guy he is now. Since tearing the league apart with stats he has won zero SBs. In his case it is less his fault, but the point is that moving the chains wins more than quick strikes. It rests the defense and gives the opposing offense less opportunities to score. Montana, Griese and Aikman won with game management, not stats. Kind of like what Brady used to do it when he was winning SBs.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Did you see the numbers Unca posted on Romo. Four TDs in 5 play-off games. A 1-4 record. Tell me again how Romo is a winner? Oh yeah, fantasy football is what matters in your world, I forgot about the big fantasy.

  51. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger may or may not be correct, but like I said, the point was, you don;t have to throw for 5,000 yards to win the Super Bowl. In fact, the opposite usually happens.
    .
    GB and NO, very high powered passing games, were beaten in the playoffs. Indy, for all their success with Manning, only won one championship. Like the Atl Braves and all their pitching, you can dominate the regular season for years with a one-dimensional team but getting through the playoffs is a different story.

  52. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Eeeep. Didn’t see yer earlier post, Bergs . . .

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you must have selective memory. Do you not remember that game from last September when we hosted Romo and the ‘Boys at the ‘Stick? Tony Romo single-handedly beat our 49ers. Even AFTER we broke his ribs and knock him out of the game for a spell.
     
    You saw both quarterbacks play on the same day on the same field and you still choose the wrong one. I can’t help ya there.

  54. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, next you’ll be telling me Ron Jaworski doesn’t know shit about QBs either. How can he? He ranked Romo quite a few spots higher than Alex. But I’m sure you know much more about playing the QB position than Jaws. How many NFL starts to you have again?
     
    I’m gonna go enjoy a donut. When I get to the middle, I’ll think of your NFL playing days.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I do remember Romo throwing two TDs when the DB fell down. That was after Brooks gave him an extra down when he lined up ,off-side. So Romo needs the best game of his career to beat us and that was with a lot of help. How did Romo do in the play-offs last year? His come from ahead losses will help you when you get to the donut hole, he had that many play-off appearances last year. Flip flopping Jawarski will be changing his tune this year. MNF got tired of his inaccuracies and fired him.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- BTW, you keep quoting Jawarski, I’ll go with Montana. Next you’re going to tell me Jawarski was a better QB.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Here is one of your fellow Romo fans:
    http://youtu.be/scczP4z9xr4
    I hope he’s not looking for a donut hole.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’m looking for more production from an underperformer who’s now 100% healthy, in camp and playing in the preseason games(knock on wood)

    http://tinyurl.com/chuogsv

  59. 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: 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 · 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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