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.