Chip Kelly: “Yeah, we make adjustments in the second half.”


This is the transcript of Chip Kelly’s Monday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.


Who’s your quarterback on Sunday?

“[QB] Colin [Kaepernick]. Colin will be our quarterback against Tampa Bay. I think there are some things he did on Sunday that you can build upon. For his first extended playing time since last year, I thought there were some real positives there that we need to continue to kind of try to build with him and get him going. Gives us the best chance against Tampa Bay this week.”


What do you like best about what he did and that performance?

“I think he kept a lot of plays alive and he’s looking not only to, sometimes the protection broke down, but he kept some plays alive from that standpoint. Did a good job keeping the ball out of harm’s way. Didn’t throw any interceptions. It didn’t seem like, there were no balls where you were like, ‘Oh geeze, that was a close one.’ Sometimes you can have a game where you didn’t throw any interceptions, but you should have, the defense just dropped them. I thought he did a good job protecting the football for us on the offensive side of the ball. And again, I think he had what was it 88 yards rushing? He gave us, 66 or 88, double-digit number, whatever it was. Gave us some opportunities there in the run game. So, going forward kind of try to build upon what he did this past week.”


ME: How do you explain the disparity between his first half performance and his second half performance?

“Well, you look at the second half was kind of limited especially there in the third quarter. But, we had a couple drives there we had some drops. I think he put the ball on there. The first drive the second half we have a big run on first down, miss a hitch on the outside, his ball was probably a little bit outside but we still should have caught it. Then we get a third, we’re still third-and-three, but then they jump offsides but we react late to it so we get called for an illegal procedure now we’re back to third-and-nine and we get a ball behind [WR Jeremy] Kerley on that with the pretty good coverage on their part. Next drive, I think he does a really good job. We start way backed up on our end, gets us out of there. Makes a great play coming out of the end zone. We get a first down, we’re moving and then we have a third-and-manageable that we can make and then we throw a slant route and it gets dropped. So, that was kind of, the next drive I think we drove down and actually scored points. No, the next drive we drove, didn’t convert on the fourth-and-one, had a drive of about 50-60 yards. Again, I thought he did a good job in terms of what he was asked to do in the third quarter.”


Why does your team consistently get outplayed in the second half and why do you seem to get outcoached in the second half?

“I think for us as a group we need to do a better job of playing a complete football game. If there’s one thing you can point it at and, ‘Hey it’s this, let’s just make a change and do that,’ but I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. Like I just mentioned earlier to the earlier question, we had a couple drops there in the third quarter that would have kept us on the field for certain drives and we didn’t stay on the field for certain drives. Obviously, some of those drives on the defensive side of the ball we’re doing a good job, but we’ve got some missed tackles that are involved in there. It’s coaching and players. We’ve got to do a better job.”


Do you make adjustments in the second half?

“Yeah, we make adjustments in the second half.”


Obviously this running defense issue has been continuous pretty much this season. Have there been changes in the scheme leading up to this?

“Yeah, I think we changed a little bit going into this game. We kind of simplified the plan going into this game against Buffalo because you’re playing against a multiple look team, a team that ran a lot of Wildcat, a team that ran a lot of unbalanced, a team that ran a lot of very different things that you don’t see normally from other teams in the NFL and do it very well. So, we did simplify the game plan kind of going into this game to give our guys more of an opportunity. Just kind of get your cleats in the ground. Let’s get set. Not a lot of responsibilities, let’s play football. That was our conscious effort kind of going into this game and we’ve just got to sustain it. I think there’s a couple positions we don’t have a ton of depth at and they are probably playing too much. At our inside linebacker spot, we need to rotate more at the linebacker spot. After losing [LB] NaVorro [Bowman] and after losing [LB] Ray-Ray [Armstrong] there with just [LB Nick] Bellore and [LB Michael] Wilhoite and [LB Gerald Hodges] Hodgy out there, I think we need to rotate and play a little bit more guys at the inside linebacker spot to free the [inaudible]. That could be a factor in terms of some of the missed tackles and some of that. I think we need to get a little bit better rotation going at a couple positions on the defensive side of the ball.”


Are you going to look at LB Shayne Skov?

“I think we need to get a look at some other people, especially at inside linebacker. I think Nick played 80 snaps. He was our leading guy there. We do rotate on the D-Line, but I think at inside linebacker we need to get a little bit better rotation going there.”


As the losses pile up, how do you avoid sort of a team mindset of, ‘Man, we just don’t have enough talent to compete?’

“Well, we’ve got to go play and when you’re a competitor you’ve got to go play. I don’t think anybody on our team, which I do like about our group, is looking to make excuses. They’re looking to try to find out what the solution is and what we’ve got to do to go get a victory this week and that’s what kind of our mindset is. That’s what’s good about this group. It’s not one of those defeatist attitudes. There’s 10 games left in this season and if you have an opportunity to go compete, you’re playing football at the highest level. It should be a privilege to play in this league and not say ‘woes me.’ And, that’s not the attitude that those guys have right now. That’s not anything that I’ve seen from them and I think that same group that I just talked about will be back here tomorrow morning and competitive and get ready to go and play against a Tampa Bay team.”


You go back basically to take, fourth quarter 24-16 take them back to there. This is where it all went wrong after that?

“No question. And I think look at some of those long runs at the end there, there’s just a lot of missed tackles and we’ve got to do a better job. But, some of that has to be us. I think in some of those situations we need to get some other guys in the game and keep those guys a little bit fresher as we get going into the fourth quarter of those games.”


It seemed like that fourth-and-one play and then them going down to score, it was a four-point game and then they scored. When you look at the film, do you wish you might have called something different?

“Well, you always do when you look at the film and say, ‘Geeze, if I knew they were going to run a slant twist inside we would run this.’ But, you don’t know what they’re going to do. The numbers were favorable in the run game. They had a four-two box. They had six guys. We had six guys to block six guys. They did a good job in their twist pattern. They ran an inside twist with their two inside linebackers. One of them crossed the center’s face. The center went back. Our right guard didn’t come as far as he should have on that play. They did a good job, but when you look at number-wise it was a six-man box versus six blockers. We should do a better job in that situation.”


How did G Joshua Garnett play?

“I thought Josh was OK in extended playing time. I think he played 20 snaps against Arizona, got a chance to play almost the whole game or did play the whole game this game. Like any rookie, I think there were some ups where he did some really good things, but there were some downs also. So, hopefully for him he can build upon that in terms of what he’s got. He’s got a little bit more experience going in here as we get going against Tampa Bay.”


Was playing him the whole game the plan going in or did he earn it?

“We talked about it. He did have a good week of training. It was one of those deals going into it where we said, ‘Let’s just see how this week plays itself out,’ and I thought going through Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, into Friday, we felt comfortable with Josh. I think he felt comfortable. So, we were just going to see how long he could go and what he could do. So, there really wasn’t a set number of how we’re going to play him. You’d like to keep kind of the same guys in there if you can from a continuity standpoint. So, we felt like he did a good job when he was out there so let’s continue to grow with him. You know he’s a rookie. There are going to be mistakes that are going to be made. Everybody makes mistakes during the course of a game. But, there was nothing that he was just overwhelmed or getting outplayed so that we’ve got to get him out. It’s just, let’s keep growing him and let’s keep building him here.”


You said before the season started that RB Shaun Draughn was clearly your number two running back. What changed? Did he suffer an injury in that game or–?

“No, he didn’t suffer an injury. I think [RB] Mike [Davis] has just done a nice job and I think Shaun had some opportunities in the Arizona game, but now Mike has done some things in practice. And the other guy is [RB] DuJuan [Harris] that we’ve talked about do we get him up on game day also because he’s another guy that’s shown some things from a practice standpoint to try to really find out who that number two guy is behind [RB] Carlos [Hyde]? So, we’ll see as it goes forward. What we do have to evaluate on is what we do in practice this week in terms of moving forward with who’s going to be really that guy behind Carlos.”


Did you get clarity on Carlos’ injury at that point in the game and–?

“No, he was out at, I think he got injured right at the beginning of the third quarter there on a run, came back and played one series and then he was out on that last drive of the third quarter. He was out. So, the third-and-one, the fourth-and-one, he wasn’t available to us on those plays.”


Is QB Blaine Gabbert your number two for sure this week and are he and QB Christian Ponder competing for that spot?

“No. Blaine will probably be the number two this week unless injury or something like that occurs. We’ll see how that goes.”


Is Ponder getting any snaps?

“Yeah. Ponder gets some snaps in there. I think he’s done a really nice job on our scout squad and continues to take some random snaps here. The difficulty is just the number of snaps you have overall. Your one’s got to get X amount of snaps to get ready. Your two’s got to get X amount of snaps to get ready. So, Christian gets sprinkled in there a little bit. We try to get him some reps in terms of where we are. There just aren’t enough reps to go around to get three quarterbacks ready to play and then obviously you’re only going to dress two on game day. So, right now, it’s Kap is one and Blaine is two.”


You mentioned the need to rotate linebackers. Any other changes given the fact that the run defense has been a problem ongoing?

“I think the other positions we are rotating players. So, any defensive lineman that’s available for us on game day has been playing. So, we’ve got a rotation going on in there. We were a little limited in our rotations in the secondary because [DB] Jimmie Ward and [S] Jaquiski [Tartt] did not play because of injury. So, we were kind of set there. I think if those guys come back this week, then we’ve got a little bit more flexibility in the secondary in terms of what we do and how do we deploy who’s back. But, I think that’s the one position, at inside linebacker, where we didn’t rotate with Hodges and Skov at inside linebacker, when we probably need to get those guys involved a little bit more.”


Obviously, players such as DL DeForest Buckner and DL Arik Armstead are prototypes, tall, exactly what you want when you look in the draft. But, sometimes against the run, is that a disadvantage to them if they’re tall and linemen can get leverage and get inside of them?

“Yeah. That’s not happening though. I understand your question. It can if you’re, if just philosophically, if you have a tall guy that can’t bend and is getting beat with leverage, then yeah that can be an issue. With those two players in particular, that’s not an issue though. They’re not losing the leverage battle because of their height.”


A lot of talk because we asked you about Colin’s physical, his weight, his strength, whatever. Could you make any judgment on that by–?

“No, and I think he’s back. I addressed that earlier. We had talked about, that question originally came up in camp in August but that was six, seven weeks ago. And as I said, one thing about Colin that everybody here admires is his work ethic and he’s worked extremely hard at getting more physical, getting stronger, getting faster and you continue to see that. So, I see a different Colin out there now than I do seven weeks ago when we were in camp trying to make the final decision on where we were going to be from a quarterback standpoint. So, I see a little bit difference. I think he’s up closer to 220 now, not that the weight is a number that has to be a certain thing that he has to get to, but I think he’s gotten stronger and he’s gotten a little bit faster since we last had this conversation.”


Why was TE Blake Bell inactive?

“[TE] Je’Ron’s [Hamm] done a really good job on some of the things we were doing special teams-wise. We were trying to get Je’Ron in there. Je’Ron’s done a really good job covering kicks for us and in kick return. But, that position is always going to be up and down depending on who we’re playing and what [special teams coordinator Derius Swinton II] Swint’s trying to do special teams-wise. So, Blake could be back up this week. Je’Ron could be down. Really that’s kind of an up and down deal.”


Is there a lot of rust in Colin’s game right now just from not playing in a year?

“I don’t think there’s a lot of rust. I think there’s some things, he’s not a guy that’s played seven straight games and is seeing things just like that. But, that’s understandable. Really, his last extensive playing time was in the San Diego game. But, there’s room there where I think he can grow and I’m sure as he watches the tape with us tomorrow and we get a chance to sit down and visit with him and go through everything, he’ll see some things and get a chance to get a little bit better and that’s the thing that we’re encourage by because he did a lot of really good things and I think we just need to try to build upon that as we move forward.”


ME: How’s his arm strength?

“His arm strength’s good.”

  1. I’m not a football coach or GM but I would draft 2 nosetackles over 300lbs, less than 5’8 in height, let them plug the middle, move DFo and Armstead to the outside and go exclusively to a 4-3!

    1. “He’s five feet tall and he’s five feet wide
      He don’t measure no more from head to toe
      Than he do from side to side”

      Mr. Five by Five

    2. Problem is (aside from height of the DTs you are after), are Armstead and Buckner good enough edge rushers to make that a viable D?

      I’d have Buckner and Lynch at DE. Armstead as a 3T, but possibly only on passing downs, Dial and Williams at 1T (Dial may play 3T on base downs) + draft a guy to replace Purcell and Dorsey, Blair in the rotation at DT on passing downs, Tank a backup DE, and either sign in FA or draft another edge guy.

    3. 2 nosetackles over 300lbs, less than 5’8 in height, let them plug the middle


      I’d highly recommend drafting a guy like Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah in the 4th Round or similar player at 6’2 310

      I think if you put a guy like that in between The Twin Towers, you could possibly make cream out of butter. That’s with a competent coach. I’d also add Jamie Collins in Free Agency to put next to another draft pick. Someone like Josey Jewell, ILB, Iowa, perhaps in the 3rd Round….

      1. Until Armstead and Buckner demonstrate they can handle run responsibilities of a 3-4 DE, its going to be hard for this team to really be dominant up front.

        I’m also starting to think Hightower might be of more use to this team than Collins. They need a dominant run defender in the middle. Problem is what to do with Bowman if they did sign Hightower. Bowman may be relegated to a 2-down ILB. Which actually may be the best thing for both him and the 49ers.

        1. ACL/MCL/Achilles in last 4 years. I’d like to see an injury settlement with Bowman. I’d encourage him to retire….

        2. I’m going to give Armstead a pass due to the shoulder injury, and Buckner will be stronger next year after having spent time in the NFL strength and conditioning program. I think barring injury, they’ll demonstrate that capability….

          1. Yeah, but there in lies the problem – its all based on hope and projection atm with these guys. We hope they’ll end up being good against the run. But if they aren’t, then where to after that?

          2. +1 Razor. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

            The 49ers are expected to sign Ian Williams to an extension at some point, and he’s an absolute beast at NT when healthy (one of the best in the league).

            The problem with this defense right now, is the lack of talent at LB. The most important position group for any 3-4 defense is it’s linebacker corp. Gerald Hodges has been one my biggest disappointments this season, and his inconsistency have compounded the problem at ILB.

            If you’re going to run a base 3-4, you’ve got to have ILB’s who have range, take the correct angles and make plays. This was the heart of the 49ers outstanding defense during the Harbaugh era. Having the leagues top pair of ILB’s was really the difference.

            How many big plays did we see Bowman and Armstrong making to start this season? Many. Bowman is no longer the fastest guy, but he understands angles and has as good of instincts as anyone in the league. Armstrong on the other hand, was showing dynamic athleticism and ability to play sideline-to-sideline making plays.

            Nick Bellore is a career special teamer and in 5 previous NFL seasons before this year, he made exactly ZERO tackles on defense. In other words, Bellore was never even considered a viable backup at ILB. Willhoite has always been a marginal player at best. He’s somewhat slow, takes poor angles, and is by and large a lousy tackler. This duo is easily the weakest pair of starting 3-4 ILB’s in the NFL.

            ILB is where the problem starts, but the lack of talent at OLB compounds this problem for this defense. Lynch is still trying to play himself into shape. Brooks is inconsistent and makes s couple critical boneheaded mistakes every game. Harold is invisible for large portions of games and Carradine still hasn’t learned the all of the nuances of his new position.

            Eric Reid is now trying to do too much in order to make up for the deficit, and he’s overcommitting and finding himself out of position far to often because of it. And lastly, I think it’s worth noting that Bethea is starting to show his age.

            All this, plus the fatigue that inevitably occurs when a Chip Kelly offense cannot sustain drives, has really turned into the “perfect storm” on defense, and things are getting worse by the game.

            How do you fix it? You find NFL quality linebackers and get this offense turned around so that they can sustain drives and keep this defense from logging too many snaps.

          3. I agree he’ll get stronger with another year of “NFL weight training;”

            but always wonder whether it’s the better training, another year under the rookies’ belts, or just more time without PED monitoring thanks to the collective bargaining agreement.

    4. I know youre kidding…you are kidding right? The only downside to that, besides the fact that you’ll never find a 5’8 300lb college player, is that it will be all fat and no muslce or strenght. I’m 6’4, I couldnt imagine carrying 300lbs on my frame, impossible to imagine a guy 8 inches shorter than I weighing 300 lbs, let alone what I weigh.

  2. Totally agree Chip the tackling sucks, but that’s not the only problem on defense. One thing for sure the Buc’s RB Jacquizz Rogers, will be a household name after he plays the Niners.

  3. When Chip says he makes 2nd half adjustments, where was the follow-up question as to what they were on Sunday? About the only adjustment I see him making is the bill of his cap to keep the sun from shining into his eyes!!!!!

    1. Ok, what was their first half strategy? If you’re keen enough to notice half time adjustments first start by telling us what their strategy and game plan were for the first half and which plays are examples of that?

          1. All you are at this point Grant is a host. Your theories are as consistently laughable as they are wrong. Your neurotic penchant for blaming the offensive coordinator for everything that happens on the offense is ignorant.

            If you didn’t have WordPress’s convenient themes and easy to navigate blog I’m not even sure you’d have anyone except Seb and 49reasons left on here.

              1. First of all I’d be better at checkers then you too and second this isn’t your blog it’s the PD’s and I’m pretty sure they’re just fine with me sticking around so bite me.

              2. Suit yourself. I guess it’s just the wordpress format you like so much, right? That’s why you comment every single day?

              3. I’m sure you’re great at checkers. That’s your speed.

                Remember when you said Gerald Hodges was good because Greg Cosell said he was good? Stick to checkers.

              4. Maybe I should pass along your Botha restaurant suggestion to your editor and see what he has to say about that? Punk.

              5. You wouldn’t be talking so confidently if you hadn’t been a slime and deleted all of your posts on the subject. You’re a child Grant, grow up.

              6. “Suit yourself. I guess it’s just the wordpress format you like so much, right? That’s why you comment every single day?”

                The format is why myself and most of the better participants haven’t left for NN or Maiocco’s blog and those same people are the reason I post every day. As I said you’re just a host. You could disappear and It wouldn’t have any effect on how much or little I posted here, everyone else is what makes this blog so great it sure as hell isn’t you.

              7. Grant Cohn October 22, 2016 at 9:14 am
                Luckily your posts on Gerald Hodges still exist.

                Oh please, I’m the first to admit I’m wrong about players all the time. Do we really have to bring up all the names you’ve been wildly wrong about? Oh wait we can’t because you delete everything that makes you look like you don’t know what you’re talking about, which is why there are so many gaps in the archives.

              8. October 22, 2016 at 9:20 am
                Maybe, but you are not one of the better participants. You’re at the Claude-Balls level.
                Like I said coming from you that means nothing. You’re just the janitor around here Grant, all you’re good for is turning on the lights. I don’t come here for you and I’ll keep coming whether you’re here or not.

              9. October 22, 2016 at 9:19 am
                It’s not just that you were wrong. It’s that you were parroting Greg Cosell like always.
                Probably because he’s using tape and experience and knowledge you don’t possess to disprove your point about Kelly that you’re on this anti-Cosell kick at the moment but again if only I could go bring up past posts, there was a time that you would quote Cosell frequently. At least until what he said he saw on film disagreed with what you believed. Hypocrite.

              10. I quoted Cosell when I was 22. Now I’m connected in the league and he isn’t. Anyone who quotes him is an outsider.

              11. Grant does not think Cosell has good football knowledge?

                I think Grant is very astute. Even erudite.

                Dissing Grant on his own blog? Not very smart at all. Dang, I thought I drove all the haters away……

                Name calling just defines them.

              12. CFC- the guy who brings up his family, then gets all butt hurt when I say he should work on his parenting skills…..

              13. Grant Cohn October 22, 2016 at 9:51 am
                I’m sure they do, too. They’ve never mentioned you, though.
                No? Huh that’s funny have they mentioned anyone else’s name around here or is just my name getting left out?

              14. If Grant gave a press pass to some of us around here to join him I’m pretty sure they’d remember.

        1. First half strategy was run unto the teeth of the defense, and allow the Bills to shape them by letting them stack the box and daring Kaep to beat them with his arm.

          Their second half strategy was to eliminate the spy, shut down the passing game, and dare Kaep to beat them with his legs.

  4. One guy who I know has quit, hasn’t bought in is Eric Reid. You would think in a contract year he would be flying around making plays. Instead he is no where to be found, unless it’s a busted coverage and he can be found as the guy furthest from the ball!

    1. I respectfully dissagree Prime. The way I see it, Eric is trying to do too much, in order to compensate for the 49ers absolute dearth of talent at ILB. And because of this, Eric has found himself out of position far too often lately. He’s not trusting his fellow teammates, and that’s always a bad position to be in.

      You’ve got to trust your fellow defenders, all 11 guys. And the old cliches “you’re only as good as your weakest link” is absolutely true.

      The 49ers weakest link is LB, and it’s absolutely crushing this defense!

      1. I respect that but my opinion is Eric Reid has not lived up to his draft status. Even when he played with great players, he was nothing special. He got selected that one year to the PB by default.
        I don’t think the Niners should invest in him with another contract. To me, he seems to always be out of position, not a ball hawk and over plays the run a lot.

  5. Colin Kaepernick in his first start of 2016 didn’t have near the production in the second half as he did in the first. He completed 73 percent of his throws in the first half, including his lone touchdown pass, a 53-yarder to Torrey Smith on a broken coverage.

    After halftime, Kaepernick completed just five of 18 attempts (28 percent) for 52 yards while the 49ers were held to just a field goal. His first half passer rating was 144.1 before falling to 39.6 in the second.

    The 49ers’ last-ranked run defense continued to be problematic. After allowing 164 yards on the ground in the first half, they allowed 148 in the second, showing little improvement after the break.

    Chip, just what were those adjustments????? If there actually were any?????

    1. That’s BS Scooter and you know it. Considering he hasn’t played real football in a year he played a really nice first half in a difficult environment against a really good D.. He made some plays when there was nothing to be made. I even saw him go through some progressions. I expect him to be even better this week coming up… He missed some throws but he was also dealing with wind issues in Buffalo. Not trying to make an excuse but that does affectsome things. Does he need to be better for sure. I thought he showed some promise.

      1. That’s BS Scooter and you know it. Considering he hasn’t played real football in a year he played a really nice first half in a difficult environment against a really good D..

        What was the Kaepology before his injury when players were stating the same thing?

          1. He has two weak defenses to go up against next, so he should play well in those. But that is the problem; Kaepernick (and Gabbert) should not need to go up against a bad defense in order to play well.

            1. Well in order for Kaep or Gabbert to play well they need a decent supporting cast. They don’t have that.. Everyone plays weak opponents not everyone plays well against good defenses. Some top QBs don’t play well against quality defenses. But they feast on poor teams.. You could of had Tom Brady this Sunday and the Niners would of still got blown out.. Not that any QB in SF is anything close to him but I think you get my point.. Lol..

              1. Rebuild A Winner October 17, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                We’ll see from here on out how he plays… I’m willing to bet he plays well..

                Rebuild A Winner October 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm
                Well in order for Kaep or Gabbert to play well they need a decent supporting cast. They don’t have that..

                Well which one is it? Are you betting he’s going to play well or are you making excuses for why he can’t?

              2. Well I expect him to play well against the Bucs. There not the bills on the road.. I also expect them to win.. I saw some positives from him in that last game. I think he builds on it. Just my opinion though.

          2. “I’m willing to bet he plays well..”

            What constitutes playing well. Do you have stats in mind, does it mean he just has to win? What exactly in your mind equals playing well?

          1. No probs.

            FWIW, I actually agree with a lot of what they said. And keep in mind some of it was couched by saying he hadn’t played for quite some time. I’m just surprised they said it. It’s pretty unusual to be that dismissive of a player. Especially one that doesn’t play for one of your main rivals.

            1. I think it’s clear in order for Kaep to continue to start he needs to win the next two weeks. Very winnable games(If there are any for SF)… If not we could very well see Ponder QB.. Holy god!

        1. It’s kind of fun scooter. We’ve got Seahawks players talking trash about BG and Bill’s players calling out CK. We’re a joke all across the NFL. Just wait till Ponder shows up.

          1. The 49ers are the easiest team to prepare for simply because they have zero speed at any position. No one on either side of the ball stands out and you say oh wow! No one!

            1. In high school there were two schools on the schedule that couldn’t field a soccer team so they would make the basketball team play for conditioning. We’d score 12 goals before halftime and put the JV second half. That’s the rest of the NFL’s view of the 49ers.

    2. “Safety Aaron Williams, when asked if there were any challenging aspects of facing Kaepernick:

      “I mean, not that I’m aware of, no,” he said.

          1. 144 on 8-11 135 or whatever wasn’t bad. 2nd half was atrocious.

            Rex Ryan spoke glowingly about Kap, not so much about Kelly’s 2nd half adjustments.

            1. Pork did you honestly see much improvement in Kap’s game? The second half looked a lot like the guy we saw right before he was benched last year to me. This week he gets to play at home against a pretty solid defense, so we’ll see if the improvement from week 1 to week 2 is evident, but I think we are fooling ourselves if we think he’s going to play much better than he did last week.

  6. Like to know why Eric Reid gets a free pass all the time, the guy has done nothing, in a contract year Only thing I remember him for is lunging blindly into Navarro Bowmans knee and tearing it up 3 years ago

    1. I agree..I’ve been saying that for a while..Even Reid is just another Baalke reach..Hes an average starter who’s terrible in coverage and was good down in the box but after his concussions he’s just all around bad now

    2. Bethea may be the slowest safety for getting to the ball. He was consistently out of position for the last 4 games and does not recover well. Guarding grass aint going to make it.

      1. The public and Press and fans have been so rude to Jed and Trent that they’re deliberately sabotaging us now. Back to Blaine, eh?

        In regards to the Panthers’ troubles, consider this:
        At SB50, they used the Jed-Jinxed 49ers’ Levi’s locker room. They stunk it up in the SB.
        It lingers, as they’re still sucking this year. Gonna need an exorcism.
        Bad juju my brothers.

  7. The half time adjustment appears to be: Let the other team score a lot of points while we run the exact same plays we ran in the first half.

  8. Well, that was informative. I am pleased that he actually said that Skov and Hodges might be rotated in.

    I also am happy that he mentioned DuJuan Harris, some one I have been touting for a while.

  9. Blah, blah, blah…. Chip Kelly seems like a good guy and all but I was never a big fan of his finesse scheme nor the hire. It’s way beyond obvious Trent has to go but Kelly and his staff can join him as well. Watching a slimmed down Carlos Hyde get knocked backwards by arm tackles or DeFo and Armstead getting blown off the ball by average linemen is disheartening…. Yes, we lack talent but the individual talent we do have is getting manhandled on a consistent basis. This team needs some toughness at the least and nothing about this coaching staff breeds that. Seems like such a long time ago this team was the bully… Yet post-Harbaugh we’ve become the NFL’s b*tch.

  10. anyone who watches this team when they play on the road, and expects anything other than trash football and embarrassing results, is delusional.

    I can keep shoveling dirt onto this grave, but it’s starting to resemble a major league pitching mound in 1968. This team — which lost 45-16 to the freaking Ryan brothers today

    The Bills more than doubled that average, rushing for 312 rushing yards Sunday — their most since Nov. 11, 1992, when the Bills gained 315 rushing yards against the Atlanta Falcons….

    The only problem is, the Bills of 1992 were in the midst of 4 straight SuperBowl appearances…The 2016 edition is not comparable

  11. Damon Bruce: Usually in the NFL teams go out of their way not to disparage its opponent.

    Lou Holtz said: “We’ve got a tough 1-5 team in William and Mary coming up. They’re tougher than they look.”

    Not the Bills players. They stated we wanted Kap to throw. We challenged him to throw. But Kap can’t Throw, so we weren’t concerned about it.

  12. Krueger: Ten roster moves 49ers could make today to improve depth chart

    Larry Krueger used to be a scout:

    The ILB position was manned by Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, and Chris Borland. Today It consists of Gerald Hodges, Michael Wilhoite, Shayne Skov, and Nick Bellore. I’d dump Skov and Bellore and sign Luke Rhodes (TB) and Scooby Wright (CLE). Rhodes and Wright have physical limitations too but are stronger versus the inside run at the point of attack.

    Eli Harold has been a disaster at OLB. He is without a strength. He can’t rush the passer and has been a liability versus the run. He has poor instincts and thus he needs to go right now. I’d sign either James Cowser (Oak) or Victor Ochi (NYJ) to take his spot. Harold is the superior athlete, but Ochi and Cowser are vastly superior football players.

    The WR corps is filled with cast offs, retreads, and failed draft picks. I’d keep Torrey Smith and Jeremy Kerley, but I’d jettison Aaron Burbridge, Rod Streater, Keyshawn Martin, and Quinton Patton.
    I’d sign Geronimo Allison (GB), Tre McBride (Ten), Keyarris Garrett (Car), and Paul McRoberts (LA), 4 big bodied WRs that have starter potential but still need developing.


    The Niners are 1-5 and boast the league’s worst offense, in terms of all-purpose yards, as well as a league-low run defense and a bevy of other stat lines in which San Francisco is bad.

    Kelly and the Niners can’t simply stand by and try to go about the same routine as has been seen since Week 1 — the 49ers’ lone win on the season. Changes are needed and, even if they don’t work, these will show the organization is trying to do something, anything to point this team back in the right direction.

  14. The 49ers have lost five straight games. The last time they lost five consecutive games was 2010. That was under Mike Singletary.

  15. Over the last 5 weeks the 49ers have been outgained by 143.4 yards per game. The 2008 Detroit Lions, the only 0-16 team ever, were out-gained by 136.1 yards per game.

    From Yahoo Sports article by Frank Schwab

      1. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

        Last offseason Baalke and Co must have thought the rest of the league is dumber than they are.

  16. NFL Power Rankings:

    30. 49ers
    31. Bears
    32. Browns

    * Dec. 4 49ers at Bears—49ers Bowl game of the year which will determine a top draft pick

  17. NFL Power Rankings:

    30. 49ers
    31. Bears
    32. Browns

    * Dec. 4 49ers at Bears—49ers Bowl game of the year which will determine a top draft pick

  18. 10 ways the Niners can improve.

    1, Fire Baalke. Kaep will never re-sign with Baalke in charge, and Tomsula could come back as DC if Baalke is gone. Baalke’s ACL strategy is akin to buying a used car that was totaled in an accident. Any decent FA will avoid the Niners like the plague with Baalke in charge.

    2. Poach players from future opponents. At least they will not be accused of not even trying to win. Screw the salary cap implications, it is desperation time.

    3. Bench Beadles and start Garnett as the LG. Put back Tiller at RG.

    4. Bench Bellore and Willhoite, and put in Hodges and Skov.

    5. Bench Brooks and put in Harold, Blair and/or Rush.

    6. Bench Bethea and put in Cromartie.

    7. Bench Davis and Draughn. Elevate DuJuan Harris.

    8. They should all study Bill Walsh, and script plays. They should emulate BW and how he manages the game. They should implement more West Coast Offense strategies.

    9. Since the goal of the opposition was to contain Kaep in the pocket, do not force Kaep to be only a pocket passer. Do more controlled roll outs, and let him throw while on the run.

    10. Chip needs to be more flexible and make adjustments. He should prepare the players better. He should throw out the playbook, and start all over. If incapable of doing that, he should admit incompetence and resign. If he keeps having the players look at the side lines before the ball is snapped, he should fire himself on the team bus. He should trust Kaep and let him be the field general, and only give subtle suggestions from the side lines. If Kaep looks confused, and calls a time out, he should just hand the ball to Gabbert and let him play. Kaep needs to be way better prepared, and have plays designed for every contingency.

    Chip is the key, and so far, he has failed miserably. Chip better make wholesale changes, or this could get even more ugly.

    1. It’s truly amazing how unaware you are that you know nothing about this game. You can’t throw out a playbook and start over 6 games into a season. You make the most ridiculous comments I’ve ever seen on a message board. I blame myself for wasting the time reading it and will now go back to skipping over your posts as I usually do.

      1. Ah Rocket he’ll just keep posting the same things verbatim with a few name changes as players and coaches swap out. He likes to imagine this game is school yard ball where you draw the play in the dirt. He doesn’t fathom that these coaches and players fart more football knowledge each day than he will ever possess. He doesn’t get that these guys work 16 hour days studying and evaluating. Now we’ll hear how he’s being sensored, bullied and he just wants to win.

        The lack of depth on this roster is sad compared to where we were at 2-4 years ago.

        1. Prime, name calling defines you. I AM a die hard faithful Niner fan. You and TrollD are the real trolls on this site.
          Obnoxious, and unrelentingly negative.

          At least I am trying to help them win, and am happy that they were smart enough to finally start Kaep. Those jet sweeps were effective, and I was the only poster on this site to advocate for them. They even put a man in motion, some thing I have been begging them to do for years.

          This season may go in the toilet, but I will continue to root for the Niners, but I will not drink the Koolaid. They need to become way smarter very quickly, or they may not win another game. These games will drive away the fair weather fans, and leave the die hard faithful. I will rip the owner and FO unmercifully, but cheer for the team and the players.

          1. You are a nobody! Trust me, NOBODY on this blog takes you seriously! When Kap leaves next year you will be gone like a popcorn fart in the wind. I cant wait!

            1. Prime, guess what? Kaep is now the starting QB. Something you said was impossible because you said he sucked and should be cut.

              I actually think that Baalke will be gone before Kaep, because Jed is terrified that Kaep will leave, then come back to haunt him. Baalke is not worth the humiliation, and he is a dead man walking because he is the next scape goat.

              Remember, a storm is coming.

              1. Yeah you keep saying that among other things, still waiting for that storm. Oh wait, need to get the rust off. Meanwhile, have you heard what the Bills players were saying about your hero? Of course not.

              2. No, Prime, I am just reminding everyone that you were the one to say that first. You said-, Granted, Kaep took the league by storm…..

              3. Yes I said he took the league by storm. You followed that up since the offseason saying he would again. Well, its 12 months since, a offseason, training camp and its now week 7 of the 2016 season, where is it?

                Where is this guy you said would reignite the 49ers offense?

              4. I think Davis and Draughn decided to have the dropsies because they are Baalke acolytes.

                Up until then, the Niners were within 4 points in the third quarter.

                I know Harris has been cut by Baalke too many times to love him, so I expect him to catch those easy passes.

      2. Rocket, when the Cowboy players are calling out the plays ahead of time, it is time to change.To say that it is impossible to throw out the playbook and start all over, just means you and the Niners are not smart enough to do that. I laugh at your football knowledge if you are too stubborn to change, because until they do, they will continue to lose.

        Throwing out the old playbook just means stopping doing the same old predictable plays and running into the teeth of the defense. Why not some counters, end arounds, sweeps, screens, reverses, fake reverses, naked bootlegs, flea flickers or even the statue of liberty? Why not become more versatile with pistol and I formations? If they are incapable of doing those simple things, they should find some one smart enough to do it. It is not rocket science, it is football.

        They had plenty of time to study. 10 days off and 16 hours per day, then they allow the Bills to run for 312 yards. It is not the amount of hours, it is what they do during those hours. Obviously, they are playing tiddlywinks, they are not game planning.

        If you have not noticed, I have left you alone, because you really do not have much to say. I will continue to post things like my last mock which had 3 players that they selected, I pointed out that they should have retained Garrison Smith on the 53. You did not do that, but I and the Seahawks saw that he had talent. I previously said that they should elevate Garnett before they did it, and had mentioned Skov and DuJuan Harris, 2 players who may be getting playing time.

        How many players did you hit on your mock? Zero, if I recall, because you were a big proponent for Goff, who is a third stringer.The problem is, you are inhaling their farts, and think that makes you a genius, when it only fills you with hot air.

        1. Seb the more you talk, the more you look foolish. Rocket has been on here a very long time and although he is not right all the time, people appreciate his commentary. Since you have been on here, you are simply the sideshow. Stay out of the way junior!

          1. Prime, you sure like to bluster and sound tough, but you are the real side show.

            I have generally left him alone, because he really does not say much, but if he wants to disparage my football knowledge, he should expect some pushback.

  19. 1st Annual Draft Pick Bowl

    Come one come All….49ers vs. Bears, Dec. 4……We don’t invest , the fans do.

    A fan named Seb already has, and we’ll even start Kap.

    Support our family trust in you

  20. 1st Annual Draft Pick Bowl

    Come one come All….49ers vs. Bears, Dec. 4……We don’t invest , the fans do.

    A fan named Seb already has, and we’ll even start Kap.

    Support our family trust in you

  21. In what may be another case of Grumpy Old Man syndrome on my part, I’m sick of these sports show roundtables where everybody is talking over each other at the same time. Unintelligible, cacophonous, and annoying. I usually mute them until the next segment.
    Back in the day I stopped watching the McLaughlin Group for the same reason.

    1. I agree BT, and it’s not just sports either. Have you tried watching the news lately? It’s become a talk over/talk loudest media world.

    2. I rarely watch anything on ESPN other than live sports, and caught the bit at halftime of Stephen A Smith and whoever has replaced Skip Bayless. My first thought was, “who watches this garbage?” It’s just complete nonsense.

      Maybe I’m getting old too. 😂

      1. Yeah Jack, as soon as I see Stephen,…..MUTE!
        And Rocket-Yup on Infotainment media newsiness/truthiness bloviators.

  22. The good news is Ward and Redmond are practicing; the bad news is Hyde is injured yet again and not practicing.

    1. That’s a move I suggested would happen once his injury waiver was over. I hope the kid can stay healthy, because there is some physical talent there.

    1. That was a great read by senior Cohn! He is right in every way. Problem is how do you tell your son, sorry son, you are fired from the 49ers? Its a sad situation but I don’t care, he has to go. Since he took over its true, the 49ers are the laughing stock in sports!

  23. In a surprise to nobody…

    Jeff Deeney ‏@PFF_Jeff
    Michael Wilhoite is our lowest graded ILB through six weeks, not a surprise that #49ers are looking to get Hodges some time.
    Bellore is currently 64th out of 85 ILBs

    Yep, time for something different.

      1. In breaking news: Lowell’s request for an interview on Tuesday with Jed hasn’t been granted.
        Actually, LC’s piece reminds me of my rant from a week ago or so on here.

        1. Actually.. BT ..
          if memory serves … you
          weren’t alone with that sentiment ..

          A few of us were also on board with it .. but..
          Lowell got paid .. for expressing it ! … ;-}

    1. The smell of Jed’s failure…interesting. From Lynyrd Skynrd…

      Ooooh that smell
      Can’t you smell that smell
      Ooooh that smell
      The smell of failure surrounds you…

  24. 9er Glory…

    Where has 9er glory gone, long time passing?
    Where has 9er glory gone, long time ago?
    Where has 9er glory gone?
    Jed defiled it, the favored son
    When will Yorks ever learn?
    When will Yorks eeeeever learn?

    1. Cassie …

      Sure hope your Dad wasn’t counting on
      that deal to go through .. for
      that bait shop !!..

      Just for general ha-has ..ya might
      want to point him to Zillow …

      He might find one up for grabs that
      he could snag on his own ..

  25. I am so disapointed with this team and I have been a fan for life. Don’t think Mr. Jed York really cares as long as his ticket sales or seats in his new stadium are sold out. Learned this when I took the Levis stadium tour last winter when the guide mentioned several times the organization is for profit.

    Football is not the focus of this team right now. If I was the owner, I would be embarrased knowing my name would be mentioned as subpar for performing so poorly as a leader and CEO of this organization.

    Control of this team has been lost.

  26. Finally, my response to Coach Kelley about his adjustments in the second quarter “hog wash!!” the team did more poorly in the second quarter.


    QB (Kapernick) would rather be an activist then leading this football team, Kelley needs to stop with the fineness and coach, Balke needs to manage and York lead your team from the front and not the rear. Complete disarray and kayos.

    I am an angry 49er fan, does anyone else feel betrayed other than me?

  27. Niners were predicted to be bad, and so they are.

    What about other teams – I’m looking at you NY Jets, Bengals, Colts, Cardinals, and especially you Carolina, who were supposed to be playoff shoo-ins but are currently stinking up the joint. What’s their excuse? Should their fans be more outraged than we are?

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