Win and In

At one point early in the season, Jimmy Garoppolo had thrown for 7 TDs and 5 interceptions. Not heart warming numbers. Since then, he’s gone 19 and 6. Numbers almost exactly recorded by the QB in New England who’s had 20 and 6 for the entire year.

I was struck during last Sunday’s game watching Garoppolo drop back and look down the middle, to the left, to the right, back to the middle – continually scanning the field for his WRs to break free. After enduring five years of a previous QB who never progressed past one look, and one look only, it was a welcome sight.

Jimmy has grown noticeably as the season has played out. This is his sixth year in the league, but in some ways is basically his rookie season. The first full season he has played. Of course, his WRs have improved dramatically, too. This looks like a classic chicken or egg debate, but fortunately it doesn’t really matter to a Niner fan. The result has been good no matter how you wherefore and whatnot.

But just when you finally trust the defense to be impenetrable, they disappear in New Orleans. Are they going to show up for Atlanta, the Rams, the Seahawks? They’d better.

Atlanta seemed like a tough game when the schedule came out, then they stank it up for half a season, making this game seem like a breather. All of a sudden, in week ten, they go to New Orleans and stomp the Saints 26-7.

Ditto for the Rams, who didn’t impress anyone until two weeks ago when they suddenly rose up and slaughtered Arizona and then last week cruised over the Seahawks.

All of which makes these next two games a bit of a crapshoot. The Niners need to win one of them to nail down a playoff spot, which would also assure that the final game against the Seahawks would be for all the NFC West marbles and the top seed in the postseason.

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  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The next few games are certainly gonna test the metal and resolve of our team. No one can use injuries as an excuse even though they really are. So, seeing who we picked up yesterday to take the place of our injured players didn’t give me much confidence. I am just glad that I trust the people in our organization who are making the decisions. I expect we win at least one of the games but probably not the Seattle game. Which means the 5th seed. And that means a trip back to NO. No one ever said it’s gonna be easy.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Oh ye of little faith.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- do you think we take Seattle up there?

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Anyway, i think the championship is gonna be us and Seattle and by then who knows.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We should beat them up there. We didn’t have Kittle or Sanders when we played them here. Big difference.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    yeah, that should be a big help. Saleh’s gonna have to have a real plan for Clowney(sp).

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Having Staley *healthy* to block Clowney would be a start. Having someone on that side to help double team him at times would help even more. And plan on getting the ball out fast.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags have lost RB Penny for the year.
    He was getting more reps because Carson was having a hard time holding onto the ball. In one game he fumbled on consecutive plays.
    As they said in Braveheart, “We didn’t get dressed up for nothin”

    Niners also need Taart and Sherman to perform at a high level when they play Seahags so hopefully they return from their injuries close to 100% in 3 weeks.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Anyway, it’s a mistake to look past the Falcons right now. They’re good enough to kick our asses if we take this for granted, particularly with the secondary in tatters.

    Also I’m concerned about Garland. Yes he did okay last week in late action when Richburg went down. But this week and forward, teams *know* he is playing and will game plan accordingly. The interior of our line has been very shaky in pass pro – Tomlinson and Person are journeymen level guys – and with Richburg out, now it’s a huge concern. Expect to see lots of stunts and blitzes the next few weeks. Until or unless Garland shows he can make the line calls and handle the pressure.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From a Dec 9 article at fieldgulls.

    Clowney has a core muscle injury that he has played through in the past two games after missing the Seahawks’ Week 11 win in Philadelphia, but it’s something he’s still dealing with.

    “He’s hurting,” Carroll said. “He’s going to have to work his way through the week to make it through gameday. He’s playing really tough under the circumstance. He’s got some core issues he’s working with, but he’s making it through it. He’s toughing it out and doing the rehab and all that stuff.”

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Both Julio Jones and Devonte Freeman have been banged up and have been in and out of the Falcon’s lineup week to week. They
    are both listed as questionable and have not been full participants in practice this week.
    Second RB is Brian Hill and since Ridley is on IR the WRs are Russell Gage, Christian Blake and Justin Hardy.


  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Without their main weapons Matt Ryan would be hard pressed to move his offense.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers have 15 players on IR or heading there. Dolphins (20), Jaguars (18), NY Jets (18), Washington (15) are up there with them.

    The Vikings (4), Bills (6), Packers (7) and LA Rams (7) have fewest on IR.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I guess stronger and faster also means your body is pretty much taxed out. Lots of hammy, pecks, and achilles, injuries. Ankles, hips, and knees are probably mostly caused by hits, but maybe not. I know we change strength and conditioning coaches pretty regular so I don’t know what else there is to do. It does seem that every year we are in the same injury predicament.

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Come to think of it McKinnon blew out his ACL and no one touched him. Go figure.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Celek is the latest to land on IR. He has most likely played his last game with the Niners.

    Since Kittle has returned Ross Dwilley has disappeared.

  17. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Suggs released in AZ
    I’d put in a waiver claim for the playoff run.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Suggs has 5.5 sacks this year. If he was worth picking up I think Petey and the Seahags would claim him before the Niners could.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We need to get someone so Bosa is freed up now and again. Suggs is old but knows how to disrupt. Since Ford is gonna be iffy for the rest of the year we could use someone like Suggs.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    His price is right
    He’s hungry and has post season experience.
    Ford doesn’t give me much reason to be optimistic.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He had one mission in our SB, hit Kaep.
    Which he did.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Time flies but that Super Bowl you’re talking about was 7 years ago, almost an average players career length.

    In the two games he played against the Niners this year Suggs had 3 tackles in each game and no sacks or TFL.

    There is a reason the Cards released him at this time so they need to dig and see what happened.

  23. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit he’s probably better than Dee right now.
    He has been thru the playoffs too.
    Won a SB.

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    One reason is ARI getting ready for invisible tank for better draft picks. Let rookies play and seat veterans.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN is reporting that unless a lower team claims him that Suggs will be picked up and return to the Ravens but that can’t happen until Monday.

    It also appears that Julio Jones and Freeman will play on Sunday but the ATL Oline will not have 2 of their starters G Carpenter and T Sambrailo.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Key might be how much pressure the pass rush gets on Matt Ryan. Pressure Ryan and his offense has less teeth. Take the lead and make ATL play cathup passing and the pass rush will feast.

    ATL QBs have been sacked 41 times.

    Two weeks ago Aints sacked Ryan 9 times.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we’ll finally get a look at Kentavius Street tomorrow.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Does anyone know the latest weight for KStreet. I though he was 6’4″ 285 at draft time.

    Can he grow into a NT without a big belly. Power lifter, he already has the muscle mass weight. Can he get to 300 lbs

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    49ers list him at 6-2, 287. And he could squat 700 pounds in college. We’ll have to see how his knee holds up under the stress of playing.

  30. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Well, could we trade him to some 3-4 D team that is looking for a strong fat Vince Wilfork 2.0. Develop his potential as a fat man in the middle 2 gapper. Strict high carb diet with lots of twinkies.

  31. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Why don’t we hold off on the Fire Sale until we see what he can do?

    If he’s a good player, on a 4th round contract, he could end up being a major piece to our rotation in the next few years.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, saw the squat video, 14 45lb plates plus the bar so bar had to be extra strong at 70 lbs.

  33. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That little interview he had at showed he had good head on his shoulders. He impressed me with what he had to say anyway. Now all he has to do is stop the run.

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    KSTREET not back in football reference for his combine score, was injured in his pro day. Really hope he grew from his combine size. Seems small for a run stopper DT tho.

    We have to meet BAL again for Super Bowl. Unless injuries slow that Oline or Lamar Jackson down. Their O wins the inside run game with the size advantage.

    Our O needs to stay healthy and outscore the opposition in January.

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    He should be in their stats but maybe got left off cause IR’d for all regular season games. Have to believe a lot of OL can squat 500 and 600 lbs.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Came across this article about Bill Walsh’s drafting philosophy which some might find interesting

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives:

    QB CJ Beathard
    WR Jordan Matthews
    CB Richard Sherman
    CB K’Waun Williams
    S Jaquiski Tartt
    DL Dee Ford
    DL Jullian Taylor

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Running game and time of possession will be keys today.

    Will be interesting what the rotation order of RBs will be.
    Mostert is hot and Coleman might be unleashed against his old team.

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Rams are going to lose, which would put the Niners in the playoffs. Baby step number one.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tough loss. Team was flat and missing key people makes a difference.
    Play the Rams Saturday Night so one less day to prepare.

    Phuck the Rams!!!

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wow Nick Bosa is taking the loss pretty hard.
    In post game he said you can hold him responsible because he didn’t get enough pressure on Ryan.

    What he said per Biederman

    “I know I let all of (my teammates) down … I didn’t win my rushes. I did the wrong things on a couple plays. I just need to be more of an impact player.”


    This coming from a rookie. Bosa is going to be one of the all time great players and has my respect.

  42. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It would have really helped having Ford on the other side, and Sherman to give us a real chance at slowing down Julio Jones. Bosa can’t do it all by himself.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bosa is also at the point in the Pro season where he’s likely to be hitting the Rookie wall too.
    Conditioning is one thing.
    A Pro season is another.

    Our Offense was flat today.
    Felt all along this would be a much tougher game than the records would have suggested.

    Kyle still concerns me in big games.
    None bigger than NOLA last week, which marked a preview of Playoff football and, likely fueled the let down today.
    Hoping it serves as a wake up call for the stretch run.

    No harm in facing the NFCE winner if it comes to that.
    Just have to be much more focused and, to realize Playoff runs don’t allow let downs like this.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Appreciate the comments. Will not take time with Gamepass to view this.

    O was missing only Richburg at center. O was flat. D missing Sherman/Taart/KWilliams/Ford/Alexander. Understandable for them, not O.

    Want to see analysts later in week point fingers at low performers. These players and coaches paid big money. Earn it slackers.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Still wouldn’t pass on Suggs if he lands on our slot in the waiver process.
    Whether he plans to play or not, I’d take the chance on a late season Vet for the stretch run.
    Just to torpedo the obvious fix involved, with his desire to play for his old team again too.
    His price tag is minuscule at this point in the season too.
    Very affordable rental if there’s a slot that can be opened on the roster.

  46. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Losing DJ and Ford really hurt. Give their QB time and he will get you. Julio just might be the best WR in the game. Sherman would have made it more difficult for em but even he can’t always stop a WR like Julio.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Take it for what it is. A wake up call.
    We didn’t show any urgency today and it cost us.
    Too many mental lapses and all around sync issues.
    Jimmy missed too many throws for my taste.
    WRs didn’t help on several of them either.
    Rinse it off and get focused.
    Not much more to it than that.
    Laid the old egg today, with an opponent that had something to prove.

  48. winderNo Gravatar says:

    yeah NJ- we go into the playoffs like we played today and it’ll be a one and done.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bring your A-game to the Playoffs Winder, or pack the U-haul.
    Simple as it gets.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kudos to Frank for a return to post season play too.
    Timex should sponsor him. 😀

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t complain about this year. I have said all along they are one year ahead of schedule. First time in playoffs after a six year drought.
    It was iffy they would be where they are today at the beginning of the season. If you look at the predictions majority here thought they would be a .500 team or worse.
    They have given us an exciting year and have achieved this in spite of many crippling injuries. Usually teams make Super Bowl runs when they are lucky enough to be injury free.

    Anyway I read that the Niners still can win the West if they win out.
    After today they need to regroup and take it to the Rams.
    Oh yeah. Phuck the Rams!

  52. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I totally agree this year we have seen some wonderful and exciting 49er football. Way beyond my expectations. I thought the playoffs were a year away also. I still think we have some more good football coming this year. And, if we can get a little healthy, stop making mistakes i don’t see any reason we can’t get to the big game.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta go 2-0 the final 2 weeks and that takes care of the #1 seed.
    Easier said than done with the efforts/results shown today.

    WRs and DBs gotta do a better job, as does Jimmy and the OL.
    Stay tuned…
    That’s why they play the games.
    Can’t ask for much more, than an opportunity to take one from Seattle, in their crib.
    But, again, can’t look past anyone in this game, including the eff’n Rams.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If they can’t beat the Seahags they probably don’t belong in the Super Bowl.
    I think we have maybe two shots left to beat them and get to the big game.

    Niners 3 losses have all come essentially on the last play of each game which should be a first in NFL history.

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17