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MrBobGray last won the day on June 14 2019

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  1. Our DL/LB group is easily the weakest part of the team. Clark is elite and Martinez is an above average starter, but the rest of those groups weren't even decent to average. Lowry is better than the rest and has his match-ups he'll win hard, but those 31" arms really hurt him against bigger, longer OL and the 49ers OL is as long as they come. Past him, Lancaster is the kind of guy you hope doesn't see the field and Adams still doesn't know what the hell he's doing. At LB, Goodson can fill with some violence but he doesn't move very well and his instincts are nowhere near good enough for that player. Everything behind him was trash this year. I need to see Burks with an actual TC and some reps, but you certainly can't pencil him in to even be a rotational guy at this point. Top to bottom this group is just a giant, glowing weak spot in the defense, and the 49ers are built specifically to attack those groups.
  2. Yeah this play really rubbed me the wrong way. Redmond clearly holds, but Kittle forcibly initiates the contact five yards down field. This is almost certainly a planned penalty that takes advantage of how seldom OPI is called if the balls not in the air. There is no way for Redmond to defend this play, because once Kittle initiates contact if you don't hold you're going backward away from the out.
  3. 1[12]: Rashan Gary [EDGE; Michigan]

    Gary's fine. What is even going on here? His rushes improved over the season. He's a damn rookie with a wonky shoulder, and he had 3 guys with 10+ sack seasons in the league in front of him. You weren't taking Preston or Z off the field for him, and Fackrell is just a much more polished player with a clear role that he's shown he can excel at (weakside drop OLB). There wasn't anyone else you could take this year that would have changed where the team ended up, and now you have a nice investment going into next season at one of the game's most important positions.
  4. Fire Pettine

    Honestly, Capers never had a loss close to this bad. The 2012 49ers game was rough, but that was just not having the personnel on the edge combined with very little film on Kaepernick. That was one guy that the defense just couldn't deal with. The 2016 Falcons game was trying to defend the 6th highest scoring offense of all time with whatever CBs you could find yelling from the locker room. 2009 was pretty bad I guess, but it was also his first year as coordinator and they were still missing a lot of pieces. But never did they just get absolutely dominated by a basic phase of the game like they did here. This was a special kind of failure.
  5. 2019 Wild Card Playoffs

    DK was always going to get overrated when the Seahawks took him because that's literally the best possible situation he could end up in. There is no better touch deep ball thrower in the league than Wilson, and since the offense hilariously still goes through the run game and Wilson's ability to make things happen, DK's inability to run a full tree doesn't matter. As good as he's been he only caught 55 passes on the year with a 58% catch percentage and he fumbled 3 times, losing all 3. He has very clear holes in his game, he's just in the perfect situation to work around them.
  6. An Early Look at 2020 Free Agency

    Honestly, depending on the contract for both I'd probably just vote to retain Goodson. He's not good, but at least he knows the defense. Both of them are coming off the field on 3rd down, and if trends hold Pettine only plays two off-ball backers like, 50% of the drives anyway.
  7. Aaron Rodgers Appreciation Thread 4.20

    But you don't know him.
  8. Week 17 GDT: Packers @ Detroit Lions

    Honestly, kinda feels like Ervin will get reps before either of them. Not sure what Dex is doing in practice, but it seems pretty clear the coaching staff has no interest in seeing him on the field. Vitale has one carry on the year, clearly they don't really want to give him the rock either. It'll be really interesting to see what they do go with for this game.
  9. REASONS FOR OPTIMISM-DEFENSE

    I feel like there shouldn't be that much discussion about what a JAG is. A JAG is just that: a guy. It's always meant a player you can replace with a street FA and be assured a relatively equal level of production. People just have unrealistic expectations about what you can find on the street.
  10. 1[12]: Rashan Gary [EDGE; Michigan]

    Honestly that's a baffling pass set from Massie. Slow, ineffectual kick-step, then just goes for a hug rather than trying to ride him past the pocket. Think if that's a better tackle that rush ends the same as a lot of his rushes. That being said, he got his hands onto Massie's chest and didn't let Massie do the same to him, and he turned his hips and attacked underneath Massie's arm when he got depth. These are the things he struggled with early in the year, and you can see the clear improvement. Not sure what's not to like.
  11. Week 13 GDT: Packers at NY (Football) Giants

    Jackson may still turn out. I wouldn't bet a single penny on it, but he's been playing better on ST lately. He isn't amazing but he's showing a lot more effort and physicality as a gunner and on kick offs and he doesn't look nearly as lost. Honestly, his biggest issue to me has always seemed that the game was moving way too fast for him. Not surprising given how little experience he actually had. The year just playing ST and practicing may end up paying dividends next year, if he can keep the growth up and keep working on his technique. He has a long way to go in a lot of areas but I'm not counting out that he could make the year 1 - 2 jump a year late.
  12. Glass is half full

    Well, did Aaron learn and adapt? Let's look at the numbers against the Giants: Throwing Right - 33% of Aaron's throws - 6 of 11, 10 yards, 0 TDs, 60 passer rating Throwing Left - 42.4% of Aaron's throws - 8 of 14, 111 yards, 1 TD, 106.5 passer rating Throwing Middle - 24.2% of Aaron's throws - 7 of 8, 122 yards, 3 TDs, 158.3 passer rating By jove we might have something here.
  13. Is it time to switch to a 4-3 defense?

    I don't know why we would want to run a 4-3; that requires more off ball LBers than a 3-4. Do people feel we have an excess of talent there, because I thought we were in agreement that's our worst group. There's a reason Pettine runs so much 3-3 and 4-2 with safeties; he's trying to keep our godawful back-up ILB talent off the field.
  14. Random Packer News & Notes

    I mean this isn't a new idea. I remember it being talked about heavily on this very forum circa 2010 or so. Of course it happens across the league; it just deals with the frequency you win those games vs losing. The Packers are 4-1 in close games; the 49ers are 2-1. If half your wins are games that are statistically closer to a coin flip, you're probably not as good a team as you look. On the other hand, if you win 10 games and only 20% of those games are close games, then you're likely just as good a team as you look. The Seahawks are actually a good example, as they are a ridiculous 7-1 in close games this year. They went 5-5 in the same type of games last year. They ended last season 10-6, this season they're likely to go 12-4 or better. This is despite the fact that they're actually worse offensively and defensively than they were last year. In 2018, they were 6th in points for and 11th in points against; this year they're 7th in points for and 21st in points against. They're performing worse than last year in a bunch of metrics, but they have more wins. Why? Because this year those close games are bouncing their way. It's fine if people don't care about this stuff, but it's a lot more helpful to have proper expectations. A lot of fans were riding super high at 8-1, talking Super Bowl, despite the fact that the Packers did not look or perform like an 8-1 team. Looking at the numbers, finishing 11-5 is about what you'd expect from them even when they were at 8-1, because they weren't likely to continue winning games the way they were. Now they're not. I don't know what else to say here.
  15. Random Packer News & Notes

    I mean, literally in this thread there are people disputing this. The point being made is that this team has 8 wins, but they aren't playing nearly as well as other 8 win teams. If you expect them to keep winning at the rate they were, you'll likely be disappointed unless something changes drastically in their play from how they've been the whole season. This isn't just about the last three games; in fact it's specifically not about those games. The point is that a surprising number of their wins are mostly due to them making clutch plays at the right time, which history shows is not a reliable method to win. Clutching out a 4th down stop at the goal line is amazing, but it's not likely to happen every time no matter how good your defensive group is. If the Packers keep ending up in games decided by one score, it's almost certain you'll see them begin to lose those games at a much higher rate than they have been.
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