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Last season, the Niners were 13-3. They are now 8-3-1, so they are guaranteed not to finish with a record as good as last season’s. They continue the pattern this season of winning two and then playing a bad game.

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  1. Steve the cat rescuer

    Lowell,

    Aren’t you supposed to be covering the Raiders today? One question: your best guess as to how many people are actually in attendance? Game is blacked out. I’m setting the over/under at 18,000. I’m also changing my posting name to Steve the cat rescuer since another Steve has begun to post in the past few days.

    December 2nd, 2012 3:01 pm

  2. CohnZohn

    cat rescuer, Maybe half full if you want to be a glass half full kind of guy

    December 2nd, 2012 3:11 pm

  3. Capts

    The 49ers can’t beat a team that punches the right back. They are the stereotypical “bully” team.

    December 2nd, 2012 3:37 pm

  4. dharte

    Lowell,

    Halftime at my son’s game…I won’t even bother with the readers’ comments on the 49ers question you’ve posed…amazing how so many found religion in three long hours!

    You have a tough job.

    In terms of Harbaugh, I don’t see how he goes back to Smith now without hanging Kaepernick out to dry. He won’t do that. He’s reckless, he’s arrogant, but he’ll see this as an issue of loyalty, I suspect. The ironies….

    I feel sorry for both his quarterbacks now. The kid did not deserve this kind of pressure (just as Smith was screwed by his head coach so early, and unfortunately, so often).

    Now Harbaugh has a mess. And there was absolutely no need for this.

    To answer your question, he should go with Alex Smith and hope like hell that a few of the other contenders lose and the 49ers can still have a bye. Without that, they go out early, and the comparison to last year and Smith’s brilliant performance that even got them to the NFC championship game, is unavoidable. Harbaugh will have a lot of winning to do to play that sort of fiasco down.

    Second half soccer here…much more fun to watch than the 49ers.

    December 2nd, 2012 3:42 pm

  5. Stan

    One thing I considered…Fisher has experience vs Harbaugh’s..especially John. I wonder what Fisher’s Harbaugh’s record is?

    December 2nd, 2012 3:49 pm

  6. CohnZohn

    dharte, I hope your son’s team does well.

    December 2nd, 2012 3:54 pm

  7. htwaits

    If the 49ers keep to their 2-1 pattern they will end the season with a 11-4-1 record. Not bad.

    If they hold on to their second spot bye, then their next loss will be in the NFC championship game. I’m hoping that the pattern holds in the regular season, and that they overcome it in the NFC championship game.

    December 2nd, 2012 4:39 pm

  8. dharte

    Thanks. 2-1, and he got the winning goal on a header. Ice cream all around.

    This is so much better than pro sports.

    December 2nd, 2012 5:02 pm

  9. Hoferfan67

    LC,

    JH should have left AS in for the balance of the year after he was deemed ready to start after his concussion. He put CK in a terrible position starting 2/3 of the year into the season. AS should have played out this year once healthy and then compete with CK during the offseason in 2013. That would have been fair to both players. Now JH has a major dilemma with CK playing more poorly each week since starting against the Bears. JH has made his bed and now he has to sleep in it. Will JH’s ego let him go back to AS? I doubt it! TBD.

    December 2nd, 2012 5:44 pm

  10. russell

    As to the QB controversy – am I the only one that saw Gore talk about how the Rams put “their whole team in the box”? If that’s the case, shouldn’t Mr Stretch-the-field Colin put up big numbers and points? Moss over the top? Vernon? Or are there not as many weapons as fans think on that offense?

    December 2nd, 2012 8:23 pm

  11. russell

    And let’s not forget the #1 draft pick here…..

    December 2nd, 2012 8:24 pm

  12. lameduck

    OK so I don’t take football seriously as I think it’s like watching running water. It’s my birthday today and we hit 6 wineries. And a brewpub. Not bad considering the power outtages and the flooding.
    Needless to say, I’m for the win and nothing else.
    The next games are tough. Play the best players.

    Just one more port?

    December 2nd, 2012 9:02 pm

  13. CohnZohn

    lameduck, Which wineries? And happy birthday.

    December 2nd, 2012 9:03 pm

  14. lameduck

    Balletto, Graton Ridge, Dutton Estates, Miramar, Martin and something out off Laguna road, and Hannah. Balletto had a good mac and cheese. Dutton had a nice chardonnay but the server wouldn’t give me any clam chowder. Pity since I coached the owners kid. I like the ambiance at Miramar.
    Good day and Good night.

    December 2nd, 2012 9:43 pm

  15. Dave T

    Rams exposed them twice and Giants once. Look for teams that play them the rest of the way try and do the same. Miami at home will be an interesting game. A healthy Reggie Bush could pose problems, then in New England, and in Seattle. Two potential losses there. If Seattle wins their next two, Arizona at home and then on the road in Buffalo, then the date with the Niners could be for first place in the NFC West. Niners could go from 2 seed to wild card in a hurry. And wild card would put them on the road in either Seattle again or New York or Green Bay. Trouble on the horizon….

    December 2nd, 2012 10:13 pm

  16. Tommy CostaRica

    Lowell Harbaugh has said all along we’re going with the hot hand. In my book that left him the option of using either one. What’s happening here is what we’ve already seen many times as the aging veteran looses his spot to the new kid off the bench. Harbaugh can start Smith next week and he’s not going to loose the locker room.
    I think it’s the right move for Kap’s development to sit him and give him a break and time to think about his performances. It also gives him an opportunity to show humility.
    Alex Smith did a great job of showing humility on the sidelines yesterday and I especially liked how he poked his ear up next to the helmet to listen into it. He must of read your blog about how people were saying he was hiding and acting like a baby with his helmet on.

    December 3rd, 2012 9:35 am

  17. larry

    This is about money…sit AS all year and hope CK can get the job done. Trade AS to get some other players for next year. If I was AS I would be asking for a trade right now. I can’t believe JH!!! He is really disappointed me this year.

    December 3rd, 2012 10:15 am

  18. Dave T

    So looking at the games Kaepernick has been primarily responsible for (I include the first Rams game, as he wrapped it up and played three full quarters) he is 2-1-1. And let’s face it, that first tie should, and I mean should, have been a loss. So in 4 games he has about a .500 record. The guy they benched was 6-2 and the 4th top rated passer in the NFL, barely behind Rogers (he beat), P. Mannin and Griffin III. His worst 4 game stretch was 2-2 with loses in Minnesota and at home to the Giants. He may have played 4 “ugly” games this year, but they won 2 of them. Kap has two “ugly” games and they lost one and tied one. There are no style points in the NFL, no rankings to win the title, it is a wins and losses league, period. I would have stayed with the when healthy QB that had a record of 20-5 (including the playoffs last year) to simply win. But that is just me.
    *
    We are bracing for a QB controversy in Pittsburgh this week because Batch found a way to win on the road in Baltimore, a place New England with a healthy Tom Brady and a healthy “Gronk” failed. Oh, wait, no we are not. Tomlin has a starting QB that when healthy is “the man”, period. Hey Jim, might want to take a page from the book of the coach that just beat your brothers team on his turf. And heck, your brother has stuck with Flacco through thick and thin. Just sayin….

    December 3rd, 2012 11:49 am

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