Ruminations on the 49ers Game is a post-game thread for everyone on .NET to post their thoughts (ruminations) about the game.
Seattle wanted this game so bad and came to play, had they not fumbled 4 times, they would've blown the 9ers out. Jimmy was not ready for the bright lights. He repeatedly threw the ball into tight coverage and was lucky he didn't have 6 picks in this game. Seattle offensively was conservative, but warranted given the circumstances, and the opponent.
Defensively they changed things up. Pete is crazy like a fox. He was playing bail, and off coverage consistently for like the last month with his DBs. In this game they got into their faces and pressed, and looked like the Seahawks defense of old. They also moved Clowney to Leo, which I thought he would play from the jump when he was acquired. I don't know if this was a crazy Pete move, or he finally realized after half of a season that Ansah was terrible at Leo, and moved Clowney to that spot. The point I am trying to make is. He should've have been playing Leo the whole season, as that is to the flex/open side and it is hard to double team. Where as a 5-tech lines up on the TE side, and is easy to double. Which was happening to Clowney. Review this game and you will see hardly any Clowney double teams due to this switch. Clowney was unreal in this game at Leo, and the Seahawks are going to rush the passer well for the rest of the season if he is playing in that spot. They really only have one obvious weak link on defense right now, and that is #24. The sooner he isn't on the field, the better.
The other big factor was George Kittle was missing, he would've torn the Seahawks a new one, but I feel like it was fairgame as Seattle was missing Dissly, Dickson, Willson, (their top 3 TEs), and Lockett left with an injury. That is also why I have been pushing for the team to get another weapon after Dissly went down. What scared me was if Lockett got hurt, and then having no top targets for Wilson. Josh Gordon is a huge get if he can keep his nose clean.
I would love to write more on this game but I just want to go outside and run up and & the street like a crazy person!
Enjoy my game notes, and final thoughts.
Random Player & Coach Notes Taken During the Game (Literally Random):
#24 has been having a disastrous season, and he somehow found a way to play even worse in this game. He shouldn't be allowed to get on the plane. Cut him at halftime. He had the illegal contact, which nullified the INT, while also getting burned repeatedly resulting in a TD. He is directly responsible for all 10 first half points.
Ejecting #24 out of the stadium with a catapult wouldn't be a bad idea.
3rd and a short 1? Get cute, it's the Seahawks way!
If everyone around Russell Wilson would stop screwing up for a series, he would put some points on the board.
Iupati didn't pick up the blitz, allowing a free runner. Cost the team points.
J. Reed finally making his presence felt. Clowney who has really brought it tonight, is there for the timely scoop and score.
Sherman still plays the run well. Shed DK's block and put a good textbook shot on Lockett.
Phenomonal 3rd and short call by Schotty. I have been asking for that play call for years. They want to overplay the inside zone. Audible to a toss the other way for the easy gain.
Shifting Clowney to Leo has energized the pass rush! I thought that's where he should've been playing in the first place. As it is hard to double the flex side.
Quandre Diggs paying dividends. A shame that Blair had to make way. They need to find a way to get them both on the field. Like ditching #24.
Carson fumbles. Just put the ball in Wilson's hands and let him win the game! How hard is this! And finally! They let Wilson keep the ball for 2 consecutive plays, and he hits pay dirt! Helluva catch by Hollister, but he was covered. Wilson with the feathery touch to throw him open.
I've been commenting to my brother for the last few weeks that Jimmy G would crap the bed under the bright lights. I didn't have the balls to make the prediction on .NET though, as I don't like having egg on the face. Or maybe I did? I don't recall, probably didn't.
That is what you do on short yardage, Pete! Cram it down there throats!
Wilson was swarmed on what appeared to be a screen. No bueno.
You got to be kidding me. It is a requirement to make every game interesting. No easy wins aloud!
Burning timeouts. No bueno.
Clowney at Leo has wrecked this game. Shame on the coaches for playing him at 5-tech, while Ziggy did nothing for half-the season. Clowney is a 'Rari, he should have been playing Leo the whole year.
Jacob Hollister is more athletic than I had originally thought. He can be a nice #2 TE that teams forget about.
I am for going for it, whether it works or not. I can live with the results. And...... they chose to kick.
It's funny, Pete Carroll trusts everyone, but his QB, even his shaky kicker. But at least he made it.
KJ with the INT drop, could cost them the game. Jimmy will never win a Superbowl btw, if you're wondering.
OT of course, please get the ball... God are listening?!
Yes, Seahawks will now win the game with Wilson!
Nvm. Wilson throws his MVP hopes down the drain, potentially.
He shanked it! Now it is time for Wilson's redemption. With a bunch of backups as Lockett has been out!
Wilson hit DK perfectly on the 50/50 he couldin't catch it. Those feel like 10/90 balls.
OMG! a 3rd chance for Wilson to win the game. Unbelievable.
And Jason Meyers makes the FG? I am stunned.
This win puts a ton of pressure on Jimmy G and the 9ers to perform the rest of the way. Had they won, they could've taken a deep breath, relaxed, and could play foot loose and fancy free the rest of the way. Not anymore.
Seattle has thoroughly exposed Jimmy G in this game, and teams are going to play them the same way going forward.
This is huge! Just not in the standings, but the mental stress that the 9ers are going to have to endure, while playing a murderers row of opponents upcoming.
I would make the Seahawks the favorites to win the division now, as I don't think Jimmy can handle the schedule that is upcoming for him.
The Seahawks are a measly 1 game back in the loss column, and I feel like Jimmy G is going to drop a few more games this year. The #1 Seed is a real possibility at this point. Wilson keeps on trucking, despite not having that signature drive at the end to solidify his MVP candidacy. He will have many more national games to state his case. A shame he couldn't get it done tonight, but I will take the win every single damn time.
Bask in the glow of this win, as all of those 9er cockroaches magically transform into crickets down the stretch of this season.