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2013 - Week 14: Thoughts after rewatching the game

Sherman is only great when he can hold and reroute receivers with the infamous jersey tug at just the right time. Crowning him the greatest defensive back in the league for finding a way to cheat the rules seems pretty lame. He has no recovery speed, no elusiveness, no change of direction skills whatsoever and slightly above average ball skills. His 4.6 speed isn't scaring anyone. He doesn't give up very many catches, but he doesn't get caught cheating very often either and he cheats the rules on every single play. Sick of the Richard Sherman hype. He's NO primetime! Not by a f**king long shot.
Sorry about your loss, Marvin. My dog also sends along his condolences.

I thought Kap played extremely well, given the opposition. He ran more than usual and was effective, even though he didn't break off a big run.

Regarding your playoff scenarios, if Aaron Rogers comes back and GB wins out, we might well be playing in GB, against a tougher team than Detroit. Doesn't make much difference; we have to win 3 on the road.
Originally posted by Marvin49:
Sorry for the lateness of this, but as I said last night we lost a member of our family Monday morning. More on that later.

1) Kap: I think it's important to keep in mind who they were playing. That's the best secondary in the NFL they were up against. I HATE those guys, and one in particular (more on that later), but they are damned good. Kap tried to make a few of those back shoulder throws that he's becoming adept at throwing in the past few weeks and they were very well defended...and maybe even illegally defended.

The INT...it;s really easy to put that one on Kap and he did so himself, but there is a part of me that wonders if the design of the play was supposed to be that Crab go up over the defender to get the ball. Kap threw one just like it last week to Boldin. What further makes me wonder that is the reaction of Crab himself right after the play and in his tweets after the game. He blames HIMSELF on that one...not Kap.

Anyway...not a great game but by far the best game Kap has played vs Seattle.


2) Gore: Wow. It wasn't the running that has me wowed. It's the SMARTS to get down in bounds. Those small decisions are huge and are all the difference between winning and losing.


3) Sherman: You can always count on good ol' Dick Sherman to say something stupid and act like he knows something nobody else knows. So damn arrogant. So damn false. "This is a glorified practice". "They got the calls". "We expected a blowout". It amazes me constantly how Seattle fans go on and on and on and on about how big a "douche" Kap is and how Harbaugh is the antichrist and then turn a totally blind eye to the biggest a$$hat in the NFL who resides in their own secondary. The guy is good. Check that...the guy is GREAT. For a fanbase that states the 49ers have no "class", its 100% hypocrisy claim that and then support Dick Sherman.


4) Crab: Clearly not all the way back, but making strides. A bit better every week. Still sometimes seems to be playing out of control, but I think that's more rust than anything else. He seems to have much more strength and confidence in that leg than I'd anticipated he'd have at this point.


5) Boldin: Godsend. Still slow as molasses, but just so damn tough and smart. Crab coming back is preventing teams from doubling him and we are going to see more and more of him running open than we did earlier in the year.


6) Bowman: This just in - He's good. The speed that he closed on Wilson with shocked even Wilson. It doesn't look like he's moving that fast but he's flyin'.


7) Dawson: GREAT signing. Remember that feeling of dread last year whenever Akers would trot on the field? Gone.


8) CB: I think it's fair to say that Rogers is playing in his last few games in SF. We'll have to see on Brown. Brock has continued to look really, really good though. Wright is just getting himself back into playing again so it'll be interesting to see what happens with him. Culliver should also be back next year and I'd expect to see the 49ers draft a CB or 2 to compete.


9) Playoffs: It looks like the 5 seed might be a possibility. Dead heat with Carolina, tho they own the tie-breaker. They still have to play NO again tho. That would change things a bit. Niners look like they'd go to Detroit in round 1 and then go to NO in round 2. Those are both winnable games. The Panthers would have to go into Philly and if they won go to Seattle. That would give the Panthers a shot to knock off Seattle in Seattle. If the 'hawks win, that sets up a 49ers-Seahawks NFC Championship game in Seattle. That could be fantastic. Its a rough game, but it'll be worth the shot to knock them off in their house.


10) Grace: This one is purely selfish and has nothing to do with football. Many of you have already offered your condolences when I mentioned that we were forced to put our Siberian Husky Grace to sleep Monday morning. For that, I thank all of you.

RIP Grace Aspen Steele
Sorry for your loss of a friend and family member.
Originally posted by NinerG94:
Sherman is only great when he can hold and reroute receivers with the infamous jersey tug at just the right time. Crowning him the greatest defensive back in the league for finding a way to cheat the rules seems pretty lame. He has no recovery speed, no elusiveness, no change of direction skills whatsoever and slightly above average ball skills. His 4.6 speed isn't scaring anyone. He doesn't give up very many catches, but he doesn't get caught cheating very often either and he cheats the rules on every single play. Sick of the Richard Sherman hype. He's NO primetime! Not by a f**king long shot.

Good post! TY
Next time they play each other the 49ers WRs need to strap a battery to themselves and everytime a Seahawks defender touches them they get shocked and won't do it again.
Marvin49, I agree that Kap is getting better - slowly but very importantly, surely - but I'm a little concerned about his accuracy being off, especially on throws that require some touch and loft. I think I might have spotted a pattern to it. It seems that on some plays, he isn't moving his feet well at all and ends up having to throw in a direction his body isn't square with, going a little cross body. He has the strength to do it, but I think his accuracy may be suffering somewhat because of it. Watching Kap's footwork is a specific thing to zero in on, but I was wondering if you might have noticed something like that, or maybe it's something you could tuck away as something to watch for in the future if you think it's worth considering.

Did Grace watch 49er games with you? If so, what did she think about how you were reacting to the games?
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Originally posted by sacniner:
Great recap, per the norm. Regarding the Kap pick, I don't think the play was designed to be a jump ball from that distance. Calvin Johnson may get some calls like that, but for most other WRs in the NFL it is very low %. We had single coverage and if Kap throws it over the defender its probably a TD. Maybe Kap throws it to whatever location has an opening?

I think Kap just really underthrew the ball. Crabs was mad because he didn't act like a defender and break it up or make a play on it. But, I don't think there is much he could have done. Definitely on Kap. Overall, he played pretty good against the best secondary in the NFL.

I agree if he was not suppose to get a back shoulder throw then he was mad he did not become the defender and bat it down. Boldin was talking to him on the side line and Kapernick came over and took responsibility for it as well.
Enjoyed the post Marv. Very sorry for your loss, they really are part of the family and it's tough when you lose them.
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Originally posted by au8277:
I agree with you on the media, but that's just how journalists (particularly in the realm of sports) are. They looove to play phony fortune teller...and they either play the odds (conservatively), or go completely against the grain so they can tell their colleagues "I told you so." Right now, they're running with the Seattle hype train, because frankly, it's the safest bet. And though painful to admit, Seattle's earned their attention this year by winning...a lot. If say, Arizona goes CenturyLink and pulls one out, you'll see a whole bunch of second-guessing, but even then, they'd be reluctant to bet against them.

I think it's great that the media is already crowning them and they are already making a trophy case for it. But there have been at least two 49er teams in the past with number 1 record and no 1 defensive ranking and offensive rankings and lost in the play offs. So the pressure is on them and if the 49ers get to Seattle it could help us they are over confident.
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It's been three starts for left guard Adam Snyder in place of usual starter Mike Iupati and it's now been three straight negative games. It wasn't an egregious effort at -0.5, but Snyder's aforementioned blunders in pass protection were the worst of the day for anyone on the San Francisco offensive line. In addition to his poor play, RG Alex Boone continued his uneven season as he posted a -2.0 overall grade. He wasn't helped by a -1.7 penalty grade that saw him pick up false start and illegal hands to the face infractions.

*** Russell Wilson has been held in check by our Defense both in week 2 and again last Sunday this bolds very well for the 49ers should they make it to Seattle in the play offs.

*** Carlos Rogers come on man, big game and you were allowing most of Wilson 15 receptions.

Beautiful dog sorry for your lose.
It hurts like Hades to lose a loved member of the family, Marvin. I'm very sorry. I know exactly how you feel. Best to you and the family.
Sorry about your loss Marv. This win was for Grace!!!
RIP to your pup, man. I have an ol' boxer that has been my dude for 11 years..he's getting close to his last days and I damn near teared up when I saw your photo.

Love your posts every week. Keep it up bro and keep your head up!
Sorry for your loss; never an easy thing.

As for your weekly "thoughts" posts, I look forward to them every week, and they're always a great read! Keep up the awesome work.
RIP Grace.

Another great take, Marv. We all appreciate you taking the time to write these every week.
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