49ers

Moss signing should make you laugh, not shout

700592.jpg

Moss signing should make you laugh, not shout

So heres the question you, the 49er fan, have to ask yourself:

Is Jim Harbaugh powerless to resist the bad angel on Randy Moss shoulder?

I mean, you probably already decided Moss is powerless to resist the bad angel on his shoulder, even though a fellow can change when so forced. But for you to truly hate the signing of the 35-year-old wide receiver, you have to decide that Harbaugh is a sucker.

And that he forgot how to cut his losses the way he did with Braylon Edwards.

Theres your template. Edwards, coming back from an injury, frustrated by the 49ers offensive choices and unhappy with his location, got his papers before the regular season ended. No regrets, no breast-beating, no being mesmerized by the gifts the man could not produce. He was just football-style gone.
RELATED: Moss has message for 49ers fans

And that is why the Moss signing should make you laugh if you must, but it should not make you shout.

Harbaugh is not yet Bill Belichick, the all-powerful no-nonsense prince of darkness who had and then un-had Moss in record time two years ago,. But he has enough power in the construction site known as 49er Intergalactic Headquarters to indulge his sterner side, as he did with Edwards.

And if he was prone to fall in love with Moss talents, at least the ones of four years ago, he hasnt shown such a proclivity in his brief time running an NFL team.

MAIOCCO: 49ers not afraid to roll dice at WR position

And we get the sense, a strong one in fact, that Harbaugh likes the power that cutting Moss would prove, just as much as he liked the power that allowed him to get him signed.

A lot of owners would choke on such a deal, just because of Moss diva-tistic past. Jed York does not seem like a risk-taker in that way I mean, it wasnt like he defied public opinion to get Harbaugh (and even when he re-upped Mike Singletary, it was with the approval of the fan base, which had nothing to compare him to except Mike Nolan).

But York has gotten out of Harbaughs way on every other football decision, and believing the franchise has an out if this went bad, and believing that Harbaugh would exercise it in such an eventuality, made this a relatively easy call.

It also tells us that Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace seem out of their league monetarily, if not philosophically. Thus, Moss. A one-year deal, which is actually a week-to-week deal, to see if he has any petrol left.

It is Al Davis to the nines, only without the spendthrifty fall-in-love-with-the-talent-and-ignore-the-impetuosity part.

But it doesnt mean we wont be there to have a good howl if it does fail. Thats what fans live for another guys risk gone bad. When its your teams risk, you tend to be crankier, but be assured that the rest of the country is having a grand chortle at Harbaughs expense because they see the one thing.

The risk of team-destroying behavior that smart folks would bet Harbaugh would not permit. Hed rather Jed eat the money, and Jed is in no position to turn down the meal if it is served to him.

In other words, this has a chance to be genius, or it has a chance to be slapstick, but it does not have a chance to be a disaster unless Jim Harbaugh allows it to be. You want to bet he stops short of allowing it to be so?

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

ratto.jpg
AP

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

If there is such a thing as being “due” in sports (and there actually isn’t, so you can probably stop reading now), the San Francisco 49ers had Sunday coming to them.
 
After all, the anomaly of being the “best winless team in football” based on margin of defeat lasts only so long until the “winless” part trumps the “best” part, because even the Los Angeles Chargers – the previous “best bad team in football” – aren’t the Chargers all the time.
 
So it was that the Dallas Cowboys exposed every weakness the 49ers have with the simplest thing there is.
 
Talent.
 
The Cowboys did everything they wanted, but only whenever they wanted it, in a 40-10 dope-slapping that could actually have been worse than it was. The 49er offense was properly stymied (again), gaining only 290 yards (4.5 yards per play) and the defense was thoroughly Elliotted (as in Ezekiel-ed, who averaged 8.1 yards in his 27 touches). San Francisco’s warts were rubbed until they glowed, and if not for the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan already knew where they were, he’d have been shocked to see how visible they were.
 
And therein lies the takeaway from another day at Not-So-Great-America. It turns out that the 49ers weren’t very good at much of anything before Sunday except just how far away they are from what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch believe is their destiny. C.J.  Beathard remained the rookie quarterback he is, and Carlos Hyde's hard-won 68 rushing yards led to no scores. Indeed, San Francisco's only touchdown came on a four-yard improv sprint from Beathard, who is by no means a running quarterback except in abject flight.

Next week in Philadelphia figures to be no less grisly, if you’re waiting for that magic moment when “0” becomes “1.” That is, of course, unless Washington exposes the Eagles as less than what they seem, which is very often the case in the new parity-gripped NFL.

But there are subsequent get-well games at home against Arizona and then at New York against the Giants the week after, so whatever dreams you might have about them running the table backwards and getting the first overall pick in the draft are still light years from realization.
 
This is, however, another healthy reminder that the job to be done is at least two more years in the undoing before the doing can actually begin. Not that the players or coaches needed another lesson, mind you – they know.
 
But maybe you needed it, just to keep your delusions in check. Maybe the people who were “due” were all of you.
 
But that’s unfair, too. You didn’t undo this franchise. All you did was believe, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long you know there will be more days like this before your team starts handing out the 40-10’s.
 
In the meantime, there is beer.

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys

three-ap.jpg
AP

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys

SANTA CLARA -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 40-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7 on Sunday:

1. A major step backward
So much for the 49ers’ somewhat-impressive streak of close losses.

There was nothing encouraging about what transpired in the 49ers' worst loss at Levi’s Stadium. It was also the franchise's worst home loss since Mike Singletary's team absorbed a 45-10 thumping against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 11, 2009.

Was there anything positive to take from this game?

“No, not right now,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It was disappointing. I think all three phases, players and coaches, we’ve got to play better than that, a lot better to give ourselves a chance to win.”

The competitive nature of the 49ers’ past five games was one thing. But with a big home loss on such an emotional day, it is fair to say that the honeymoon is over for Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. The 49ers looked like a team devoid of any leadership, and brings more scrutiny onto the organization’s decision last week to release linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Now, the 49ers face a crossroads. With another cross-country trip ahead, the 49ers have to regroup in a hurry in order to avoid another embarrassing blowout against the Philadelphia Eagles.

2. Beathard’s first start
Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard certainly was not the reason the 49ers got blown out. In his first NFL start, he showed a lot of toughness, which was to be expected. He was sacked five times. But most of those sacks could have been avoided. He has to get rid of the ball quicker, especially on three-step drops.

Beathard also showed some promise, too. He let the ball fly deep for Marquise Goodwin, who caught four passes for 80 yards. Beathard completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards.

Beathard accounted for the 49ers’ only touchdown with a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. There seems to be little doubt it was in the best interest of the organization to begin evaluating what it has for the future with the permanent switch from Brian Hoyer to Beathard.

3. Dwight Clark’s Day
The 49ers, of course, did nothing to evoke any memories of the great teams on which Dwight Clark played. Well, they did look a lot like Clark’s first team with the 49ers.

The 49ers of 1979 lost their first seven games of the season. This year’s team matched that start for the worst beginning to a season in franchise history.

More than 35 of Clark’s teammates off the 1981 Super Bowl team were in attendance to honor a pay tribute to Clark, who is battling ALS. Now in a wheelchair and considerably lighter, Clark delivered some poignant remarks at halftime.

Clark, 60, told his old teammate, Keena Turner, who works as vice president of football affairs, that all he wanted was to see some of his old teammates.

“And the 49ers heard that and flew all these players in, so I could see them one more time,” Clark said.