Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Keep Your Head Up

It just seems to be that type of season. The Niners are the worst team in 2004. I say that though with as much love for the franchise as possible. Being a huge Niner fan myself.

The silver lining is that we will get the number one draft pick.

Though I don't feel that is much to brag about. It will be be hard drafting the talent with out Bill Walsh. If anything that is what Bill Walsh was best at. Finding the talent. His last draft choice for the Niners was Eric Johnson. Look at him now.

But as the end of the season is one game away for the niners. One can only hope that next will be better, and that next year we will see more Rashaun Woods, and Newberry and Peterson(cross your fingers)will be back and Plummer will be back. It has be the season of let downs and a the season of injuries.

Though teams and people get knocked down all the time, but it is getting back up that makes the man that makes a team.

Go Niners!

Monday, December 20, 2004

Rattay Likely Done For Season

from the official site of the San Franisco 49ers
With two games remaining in the 2004 regular season, it appears that the year is over for Tim Rattay. Head coach Dennis Erickson said in a Sunday conference call that he not expecting his young quarterback to play again and possibly join the Injured Reserve list.

"I would be surprised if he played the rest of the year, so we've got to sit down and decide (what to do)," Erickson said.

Rattay’s season has been filled with injuries that have included a torn groin, forearm issues and currently a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. He has thrown for 2,169 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while missing five starts due to injury.

Erickson was asked if the 49ers had seen enough of Rattay to make a complete evaluation of his play.

"I don't think he was physically at his best to perform, so no, I don't think it would be a fair evaluation of Tim,” Erickson said.

Ken Dorsey will continue to start in Rattay's absence.

49ers Fall To Redskins At Monster Park

from the official site of the San Fransico 49ers
The 49ers hopes of their first winning streak of the season were dashed in the first-half after Antonio Pierce returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown. Pierce’s score gave the Redskins a 14-point cushion that would be too much for the 49ers inconsistent offense to overcome as Washington rolled to a 26-16 victory at Monster Park.

Ken Dorsey had a day he would like to forget as the quarterback struggled against the NFL’s second-ranked defense. The 49ers offensive line held up well and gave Dorsey time to throw, but the young signal caller was intercepted four times on the day while completing just 20-of-38 passes for 206 yards.

The day started with promise for Dorsey and the San Francisco offense. On the teams opening possession, Dorsey coolly lead them downfield and capped a nine-play, 71-yard scoring drive with a beautiful 17-yard strike to Brandon Lloyd in the end zone. The former Miami Hurricane was an impressive four-of-five for 61 yards on the initial drive.

But that was it for the 49ers offense in the opening half. After gaining 71 yards on the opening series, the team gained just 53 on their remaining six possessions of the half. Dorsey was intercepted three times, including the Pierce touchdown, and Washington converted those into 13 of their 26 total points.

"Well you know we came out and had several turnovers and that's really what its been like for us all year," Curtis Conway said. "We have a lot of work to do in the offseason to try and get this thing turned around."

San Francisco finished the day with 254 yards of total offense. Maurice Hicks led the ground game with 11 carries for 37 yards. Kevan Barlow had six carries for 18 yards, including a long of 12.

Clinton Portis paced the Washington running game with 110 yards on 35 carries. Patrick Ramsey completed 18-of-27 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown.

San Francisco's special teams unit had another solid day, receiving a blocked punt from Keith Lewis that was knocked out of the end zone for a safety.

"We call those effort plays. If you give 100% every play, every game, those things will happen," Lewis said.

The 49ers, 2-12 overall, return home to face the Buffalo Bills on December 26.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Only Constant

Just like most things in life. The only constant in life is change.

The NFL is apart most people's life and it changes all the time. I like to call it the see-saw effect. The good teams will be good and the bad teams will be bad. But probably for only 5-8 years depending on free agency, but that is not the point. The point the bad teams get better draft picks. So, there for, if the people in charge of personal are smart enough they rebuild through the draft and become a team of power again. Teams like these would be the Chargers and the Falcons. Once bad then good then bad then good. And this is the way of the NFL.

You have to find your nucleus.

So Niner fans just look foward to the draft.

Monday, November 29, 2004

The Fall

It has been 12 weeks into the season and the dismantle of the 49ers offensive has shown heavily. More than what I would have liked to see. But it seems what the Niners lack the most is a positive turn over ratio.

The biggest case for the 49er's this season is not in the way the youth are playing. It is not in the coaching. It is not even really the departure of Garcia and Owens. Just image for a moment what would the out comes be if the Niners had a positive turn over ratio. How many games were lost because of turn overs. If the niners figure out how to hold on to the ball i think there could be some light at the end of the tunnel.

The Niners Stand at the bottom of the league (NFL) sharing the worst record with themselves. What does it take for a team to win. What do you do when the Dolphins beat you.

Come on Niners, I know you got in in yah!!!!

Monday, November 08, 2004

49ers Fall To Seahawks

from the offical site of the San Fransico 49ers:

Tim Rattay threw for 259 yards and two touchdown passes in his return to the lineup Sunday, but his effort was not enough to offset a three-touchdown performance from Matt Hasselback and a Seattle team that rolled up 453 yards of total offense in a 42-27 victory over the 49ers at Monster Park.

San Francisco falls to 1-7 on the season while the Seahawks improve to 5-3 and regains the NFC West lead.

"It's a disappointing loss for us," Dennis Erickson said. "I thought we came out and played as hard as we could play for the first time in a while. It's hard when you can't come up with the big plays."

The loss overshadows a respectable day from the 49ers offense that also saw Kevan Barlow rush for 61 yards and a touchdown. In fact, the 49ers held the lead in this game at three different points, the last time coming at the opening of the third quarter when Rattay rolled to his right and found Brandon Lloyd in the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown pass and a 24-21 lead.

That lead would be short lived; three plays long to be exact, as the Seahawks turned to the arm of Hasselback and the legs of Shaun Alexander. Hasselback found Koren Robinson on a 25-yard scoring pass to cap a three-play, 73-yard scoring drive that erased the 49ers lead for good with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter.

Hasselback would strike again early in the fourth quarter, connecting with Darrell Jackson on a 39-yard touchdown for a 35-24 lead. Jackson had five receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns against a depleted 49er secondary that was absent Ahmed Plummer for the second consecutive week.

Alexander finished the day with 160 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while the Seahawks posted 184 total rushing yards on what is normally a solid 49ers rush defense. San Francisco’s defense also struggled on third down as the Seahawks converted 9-of-14 (64%) attempts, including a third-and-10 from their own six-yard line that saw Alexander rip off a 13-yard run.

"We gave up 42 points defensively," Jeff Ulbrich said. "I don't think we did enough to win this game, so its a disappointment."

San Francisco will now look to get back on the winning track as they host the Carolina Panthers next Sunday at Monster Park.

“We’ve got to stay together because everyone outside this locker room will be against us,” Curtis Conway said. “We have to stay together and keep working hard. That’s all we can do.”

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Whiting Out; Carter Expected Back

From the offical site of the San Fransico 49ers

The 49ers received disappointing news on the injured left knee of defensive end Brandon Whiting. An MRI exam revealed a torn ACL in his left knee and the veteran will miss the rest of the season.

Whiting injured his knee while rushing quarterback Craig Krenzel in Sunday's game against Chicago. He was assisted off the field by team trainers and was unable to place any weight on his leg at the time.

“He’ll be out for the year. He’ll have surgery here in the next week or so. He hurt it at the end of the first half. He didn’t really hit anybody. He just planted it wrong it and just kind of went,” Dennis Erickson said. “It’s too bad. He’s had nothing but problems. They (doctors) feel like he’ll be able to come back next year.”

There is some hopeful news along the defensive front with the expected return of Andre Carter to practice on Wednesday. Carter has missed the last six weeks with a back injury and has been busy recovering from back surgery.

“We’ll see exactly what kind of shape he is in as far as his availability against the Seahawks on Sunday,” said Erickson.

There also is an outside chance that Andrew Williams, who broke his leg in the preseason, might be ready to return to practice this week.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Ratty's Welcome Back Party

Through all the injuries and doubtfulness the Niners QB Tim Ratty seemed to be following suit of the greats before him. I know you all might be thinking that is pretty a big statement, but Ratty set a new Franchise record with 38 completions surpassing Joe Montana's 37 completion game on Novemeber 6, 1985 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Now when you think about the previous quarterbacks in San Francisco, that will open some eyes. Tim Rattay also threw for career high 417 yards, with 2 touchdown passes and a not single interception in 57 attempts. Rattay also threw for one 2 point conversion and ran another 2 point conversion in him self.

Rattay brought the Niners back from a 16 point deficit in the 4th quarter. The score went from 12 - 28 to 31 - 28(OT). Ratty also got NFC player of the week award. God job. Rattay utilized TE Eric Johnson as his main weapon.

Johnson had career high numbers as well, and now he leads the league with 41 receptions. Not bad for an Ivy league guy(also Walsh's last pick).
GO NINERS

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Lets Turn it Around!

Come on, guys! It's time for a win. This is an important game and it's on home turf, and I'm tired of the "soooo close, but not quite" pattern that has developed. Take down those Cardinals!

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Bay Area Beatings!!

Ugh. Morale is currently low in the Bay-area, however, for football at at least, there is plenty of time to recover. From nfl.com:

First the Oakland A's were knocked out of Major League Baseball playoff contention on Saturday, then the San Francisco Giants followed suit on Sunday. And to cap off a rough weekend in the Bay Area, the San Francisco 49ers were soundly beaten 24-14 by the St. Louis Rams on Sunday night to fall to 0-4 on the season. After being shutout for the first time in nearly 27 years in their Week 3 loss, the 49ers offense struggled again and didn't get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. The Rams came out firing and scored all 24 of their points in the first half to put the Niners in a hole they could not climb out of. "When you've lost four like we have, obviously there's some fractured confidence and some fractured morale," coach Dennis Erickson said. "All we can do is fight through it."

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Under-Rated at 0-2

This team isn't as bad as the 0 and 2 record suggests. Its character and work ethic that make a team better. I feel that Dennis Erickson has put that in the mind set of his young team. People say there isn't talent on this team but there is. The fact these players do not have experience as much as the other teams they play is what hurts. But as the season progress, you well see a better football team each week.

Offensively, the Niners will try to run the ball on the Hawks. The Niners are without Newberry and Harris. But that doesn't seem to bother versatile Kyle Kosier and rookie Justin Smiley. Plus, the Hawks are playing without Chad Brown and are relying on a rookie DT (Tubbs) to plug the middle. I think the Niners dominate Seattle's line just like NO's line. Even the banged up NO line is still better than a healthy Seattle line. Although the Hawks will probably load up in the box against the run. In that case the Niners do have a man by the name of Fred Beasley who always picks up the slack. Kevin Barlow might not get 100 yards, but Barlow, Terry Jackson, and Jamal Roberston will collectively put up 100+ yard game against the Seahawks. The Niners have something to prove, if this holds true then we will see it being led by an under-rated 2nd year Ken Dorsey.

Defensively, the Niners have to make sure Hasselback does not have a good game. Blitz-es would be nice if there are no more break downs in the secondary. Last week against the Saints the Niners blitz-ed at first and Heard was way out of position. If that can change this week I think this under- rated offense can put up enough points to win the game. The Niners have a deep and talented pool of linebackers maybe even the best group collectively in the NFC. The Niners will stop to the run. It is up to Secondary to make some big plays.

Go Niners

Monday, September 13, 2004

Resilient 49ers

From SF49ers.com

We beat ourselves.

That’s what Jamie Winborn had to say following the 49ers loss to the Falcons. The 49ers linebacker certainly did his part, sacking Vick, forcing a fumble and constantly disrupting Atlanta’s offense.

And certainly the defense did its part. Holding the dangerous Vick to just 10 yards rushing, sacking him four times and allowing just 227 total yards.

“We stuck to our gameplan. We knew we had guys that could run with him, we knew that we had to contain him, but our plan was to not let down and stay after him,” Winborn said. “We did that, but it wasn’t enough.”

Winborn and Julian Peterson started the game on fire, forcing the fumble of Vick that led to a blocked punt deep in Falcons territory. Unfortunately, the 49ers costly mistakes began when Kevan Barlow fumbled at the 13-yard line.

That would be followed by a costly interception late in the game and 10 penalties that would end momentum. Despite all that, the 49ers found themselves in the hunt at the end of the game were just a conversion away from overtime.

“It’s tough. It leaves a sour taste in your mouth. But at the same time it shows our resilience and how tough we are as a team. And that we can stick together and come back from an amount of points where no one gave us a chance,” Brandon Lloyd said. “A lot of guys could have folded, put down the camp and went home. “We stuck in there, came back and left it on the field.”

Johnson Impressive
Eric Johnson showed that he is back and ready for the season as he tied a career-high with eight receptions and set a new career-best with 89 receiving yards. Six of his receptions came in the fourth quarter, including a 16-yard touchdown.

His touchdown brought the 49ers within two points.

“I think this team showed it doesn’t give up when we are behind,” Johnson said. “We made a statement about what kind of character this team has. We’re not going to back down; we’re not going to give up.”

Notes

Winborn recorded his second career forced fumble.

Jimmy Williams recorded his first career sack.

Keith Lewis blocked his first career punt.

Jeff Ulbrich recorded his second career interception.

Tony Parrish started his 97th consecutive game.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

0-4 Is Not What I Expected

Damn. Ominous, indeed. Here's an insightful quote from Julian Peterson (Rhodes scholar?): "We need to have some kind of concern because nobody wants to go into the season losing all of the time." No shit. Cross your fingers, pray, dance around a flag pole, or do whatever else you do to increase luck: it looks like we will need it this season.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

13 Players Released

It's a short article from the official website, so I'll go ahead and post all of it:

The 49ers released 13 players Sunday, most notaby quarterback Brandon Doman and wide receiver Arland Bruce.

Doman, a former fifth-round draft pick, had been locked in a battle with Cody Pickett for the third quarterback position but was outplayed by the rookie. Bruce, who spent the 2003 season on the 49ers practice squad, was slowed by a hamstring injury and did not play in any of the three preseason games.

Other players of note released Sunday were punter Andy Groom and running back Jason Wright. Groom was outkicked by rookie Andy Lee during Friday’s game in Minnesota and Wright, the only free agent running back signed by the 49ers, struggled for playing time behind Maurice Hicks and Jamal Robertson.

Rounding out the list of players cut are: S Calvin Carlyle, G Alonzo Cunningham, LB Greg Carothers, WR Kahlil Hill, FB Brian Johnson, T Matt Knutson, DT Demetrious Maxie, DT Dan Rumishek and LB Melvin Simmons.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Swapping Defensive Tackles?

From their official website:


The 49ers swapped a pair of defensive tackles Tuesday, adding Dan Rumishek to replace Bryan Henderson. Henderson, formerly of the Arena League’s Arizona Rattlers, left camp for personal reasons.

The 6-4, 275-pound Rumishek broke into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003. His rookie season was spent on Injured Reserve after suffering an injury in a preseason contest against Detroit. In March, he signed with the Chicago Bears but was released during the second week of camp.

Rumishek played his college football at the University of Michigan where he was a four-year letterwinner and a two-time All-Big Ten performer.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

And so it Begins

Yes, I'm still pulling from nfl.com:

Before the reserves turned the game into a wild, seesaw affair, 49ers coaches liked what they saw from Ken Dorsey in San Francisco's 33-30 home loss to Oakland in the preseason opener. Filling in for injured starter Tim Rattay, Dorsey completed 8 of 12 passes for 94 yards and guided two lengthy drives that ended in field goals. "It was a good start," Dorsey said. "It's a lot faster and more intense. It's a lot different from what I'm used to. As the game went on, I had more confidence." Terry Jackson (7-yard run), Arnaz Battle (61-yard punt return) and Gabe Crecion (21-yard catch) scored touchdowns. In a wild fourth quarter in which the teams combined for 30 points, third-string QB Cody Pickett completed 5 of 7 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown. However, the defense had trouble stopping Rich Gannon and Kerry Collins; it allowed 203 total net yards in the first half.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

"Ever So Close"

I'm pretty busy with work right now, but I want to keep up with this blog, so I'll lazily put up some info from nfl.com:

Not only is training camp just starting up, but there are a few questions surrounding the 49ers. The team's starting quarterback, Tim Rattay, is still getting over groin surgery from a few months ago and is listed as day-to-day. Defensive stalwart Julian Peterson has yet to be signed, as is first-round draft pick WR Rashaun Woods. San Francisco needs these players to be an integral part of the team, otherwise depth is going to be even thinner. While both of them will be signed eventually, they will need all the practice they can get in camp. Other than that, everyone is expected on time and ready to go. " Well, we are going to review a lot of the things that we did in mini camp," head coach Dennis Erickson said, "We're going to start with the basics and work our way through it on both sides of the football."

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

2004 49ers schedule

Hey guys, here's the 2004 San Francisco 49ers schedule from NFL.com:

2004 Preseason
Date Opponent Time/Result
Aug. 14 Oakland 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 21 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 27 at Minnesota 8:00 p.m.
Sept. 2 San Diego 11:00 p.m.

2004 Schedule
Date Opponent Result
Sept. 12 Atlanta 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 19 at New Orleans 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Seattle 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 3 St. Louis 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 Arizona 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 17 at New York Jets 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 Open Date
Oct. 31 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 7 Seattle 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 14 Carolina 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 28 Miami 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 5 at St. Louis 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 at Arizona 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 18 Washington 5:00 p.m.
Dec. 26 Buffalo 4:05 p.m.
Jan. 2 at New England 1:00 p.m.



All times are Eastern

Thursday, July 22, 2004

new 49ers site

hi, i'm just getting set up here, so come back soon for content!!

GO 49ers!!