We Can Build On This

A few commenters felt yesterday’s post was too optimistic. Okay, actually, every poster was either too kind to bother commenting at all and suggesting I get psychiatric help or a few just laughed me out of the bar, down the street, and on out to the dump yard — in the next county. I had planned to write today’s column discussing the 49ers chances in the upcoming Super Bowl, but perhaps I should postpone it till next week.

Instead, I will discuss Alex Smith’s chances of making the Pro Bowl. Ummmm.

Next up, I will discuss the remaining schedule in one last further attempt to produce a tickle of Reasonable Doubt in those who have thrown this season in the toilet along with a goodly portion of Tommy Lasorda’s innards.

First, we have to get away from focusing on the 49ers offense and place the old eye ball on the key to the rest of the season: the defense. The defense was terrific last Sunday. It looked like the dominant defense we hoped to see this season. Perhaps you’re inclined to say “Yeah, but it was the Raiders.” Well, the Raiders scored 23 points on the road against the Cardinals, 24 against Houston, and 35 against the Chargers. Against the Niners, they scored 9.

With the exception of possibly Denver, the 49ers do not face another elite offense until the Green Bay game. That means the defense can quite possibly win the next five games for us, with only marginal help from the offense. As in, no turnovers, guys. Just plod along and try to put 20 to 24 points on the board each game and leave the heavy lifting to the defense. Maybe the defense can toss in a few points to help out, even. Or Ted Ginn could break one all the way home.

Should the defense accomplish this manageable goal, the team would bundle up for Green Bay sporting a 6-5 record and be right back in the thick of things. All that is required is to play these upcoming games like we did the Raider game. And like we did the Saints and Falcons games, minus the turnovers.

For those who have become numbed out by the first six games, consider this: the 49ers’ offense ranks 19th in the NFL and their defense ranks 10th. That’s a whole lot better than you were thinking, isn’t it? Both of these rankings are more likely to improve in the upcoming games than decline. The opponents will be weaker and the team will most likely be settling down and improving. A double win.

Still, most, if not all, of you are no doubt wearing protective armor by now against any and all consideration of things like “playoffs” and “NFC West champions” — heck, even the thought of considering this team to be any where near as good as was oncet bethoughted at season’s onset is vigorously denied, shuddered off like an unwanted kiss from a toothless old hag on Market Street. “No, no!”, you curse through gritted teeth, “I WILL NOT DRINK THE KOOLAIDE. NO, NO, A THOUSAND TIMES NO!!!”

You’re probably right. It’s hopeless. Still, I can’t help teasing myself. If we beat Carolina and Denver — IF — then the team comes home for a bye, followed by home games against the Rams and Tampa Bay. Sure does look like a 5-5 record heading down to Arizona for a division showdown in the eleventh game.

So, I’m holding off the throw-in-the-towel moment pending the outcome of the next two games. If we lose either one of them, I’d say the team is toast. But if they win both, . . . . .



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7 comments on “We Can Build On This
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    ok skeebs… im on board …lets see the next 2 games…and pass the koolaid… 馃檪

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You forgot to mention one small detail, the play calling. If a team wants to run a power running game it forces every phase of the game plan to play with perfection. the offense can’t turn the ball over, the defense can’t allow TDs, and the special teams need to create field position.
     
    I’ll never stop rooting and hoping but this team is still coached by Singletary.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Picky, picky.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Picky, you want picky? I’ll give ya picky. The offense may rank 19th and the defense 10th in the NFL respectively in…yards. That don’t mean jack squat! The offense is 25th (15.5) and the defense 24th (23.2) in…POINTS per game. Last time I checked, they still score by points and not yards.
     
    Our quarterback still sucks, and our head coach sucks even more.
     
    Go Giants, Phuck the Phillies!

  5. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s actually worse, Dennis. Defense is 25th, offense 30th (ahead of only Cleveland and Carolina) in pts/game.
    Since the Niners are tied for 28th-30th best record (tied with Cleveland and Detroit, ahead of only Carolina and Buffalo), I find it a much more accurate statistic in this case.

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    IF we win the next two games, both *effectively* on the road (as I expect us to be as sh1tty in London as we are anywhere else away from Candlestick), then the Bluebird of Happiness will truly fly up our bungholes, the lions will lie down with the lambs, the Israelis and Arabs… um, okay, maybe not that… but you get the picture. We’ll be in uncharted territory, back on the patched-up bandwagon.

    Trouble is, nothing we’ve seen the last six weeks makes me want to put money on that particular bet. All I’ve got is crossed fingers for you.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I will say this: with Alex in the spread, we’d at least win some games and make it interesting. We would likely still fall short, because 0-5 is a heck of a hole to climb out of, but it would at least be entertaining. Playing the run-run-run-punt offense, and keeping it close while waiting for Alex’s latest poisoned apple to fall from the tree of his mistakes… Not So Much.

2021 Schedule
09/12 - 10:00 AM @ DET
09/19 路 10:00 AM @ PHI
09/26 路 5:20 PM v GB
10/03 路 1:05 PM v SEA
10/10 路 1:25 PM @ AZ
10/17 BYE
10/24 路 5:20 PM v IND
10/31 路 10:00 AM @ CHI
11/07 路 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 路 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 路 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 路 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 路 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 路 10:00 AM @ CIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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