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.