Bye-bye Dre Bly

October 12, 2009
Hey Dre, come here!  Cannot play with them. Cannot win with them. Cannot coach with them. Cant do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win.

"Hey Dre, come here! Cannot play with them. Cannot win with them. Cannot coach with them. Can't do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win."

There is no way that Dre Bly is allowed to walk out of practice on Tuesday without an extra orifice in his backside and an article of footwear lodged in his existing one.  Not as long as Mike Singletary is the coach in San Francisco.  The interception/showboat/fumble was embarrassing and completely unacceptable.  For those unfamiliar with the play, let me take you back:

Third quarter, Falcons driving downfield at the start of the half.  Niners losing 35-10 at the time.  Bly picked a Matt Ryan pass intended for Roddy White at his own 10 yard line.  He then proceeded to sprint up field with the ball.  But that’s when things went awry.  By the time he reached his own 20 yard line (only 10 yards after making the pick) he puts a hand behind his head and high steps, all while carrying the football like a loaf of bread.  He was instantly caught from behind by Roddy White, who stripped him of the ball and allowed the Falcons to recover in San Francisco territory. 

Dre Bly mightve showboated himself out of a job in San Francisco.

Dre Bly might've showboated himself out of a job in San Francisco.

There’s no way that Singletary saw that play as it happened, because there is no way on Earth that Bly would’ve been able to make it to the locker room under his own power after his coach was done with him.  This is the coach that will get in anyone’s face, sent Vernon Davis to the locker room last year for not contesting an overthrown pass, and will openly jaw with any opposing player near his sideline.  He’s not going to stand for a play like this.  Nobody should and it certainly won’t be Samurai Mike. 

The worst part is that the team was down 25 points at the time and needed a momentum swing badly.  The pick would’ve helped.  A veteran player, like Dre Bly, would’ve realized this and used some of the wisdom he’s gathered in 11 years in the NFL and tucked the ball while running straight up field.  Instead, the cocky and selfish Bly went Primetime nowhere near the end zone and cost his team a shot at rallying.  His gaffe allowed the Falcons to recover and convert a field goal, extending their lead to four touchdowns in the third quarter.

As if the play itself isn’t bad enough, Bly cockily replied after the game, “Like I say, I’m going to be me.  That’s who I’ve been my whole life, that’s who I was in college. I have fun. Dre’s going to be Dre.”  Mike Singletary certainly won’t stand for selfish players who put themselves ahead of the team.  Not only did he make the mistake, he showed no remorse for his misdoing.  Reverend Mike isn’t going to be very forgiving of that.  It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Bly, whose on his third team in four years, get benched or even cut for his transgressions.  They are completely counterproductive to the mission that the Niners are on.  Playoff teams don’t make those careless mistakes.  Most rookies wouldn’t make those careless mistakes.  Veteran players absolutely shouldn’t make those mistakes.  It could be time for bye-bye for Dre Bly.

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San Francisco @ Minnesota – A Fantasy Perspective

September 26, 2009

Can Frank Gore keep up the tear hes on against the Vikings front seven?  Hell have to, if the 49ers expect to win.

Can Frank Gore keep up the tear he's on against the Vikings front seven? He'll have to, if the 49ers expect to win.

There are only nine unbeaten teams left in this early NFL season.  This weekend two undefeated teams face off, when the Niners travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings.  It’s not much of a surprise the Vikings are 2-0 at this point in the season, after starting off against the Browns and Lions.  To some, the 49ers 2-0 start is a bit of a surprise, as they have been one of the worst teams in the NFL the past few seasons.  But since Mike Singletary took over last year in San Fransisco, the team has responded to his disciplined structure.  They’ve beaten two divsion rivals in a row and are looking to build on that start.  This game features the two best running backs in the NFC squaring off against solid defenses.  So let’s take a look at what this game has to offer – from A Fantasy Perspective.

Must Start:

Adrian Peterson (RB) Minn – Is this even a question?  Sure, All Day had the worst game of his career against the 49ers in 2007, putting up a total of three yards on fourteen carries.  But this one game should not discourage anybody from starting Peterson in this game.  He’s the best runner in the game, he’s averaging over six yards a carry on the season, and is even contributing in the passing game a bit.  Start him, sit back, and watch him battle Patrick Willis all day long.  He’s usually a good bet for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Frank Gore (RB) SF – He’s carrying the offensive load for San Fransisco, and has so far been able to fulfill the role of punishing runner for Mike Singletary’s desired smash mouth, grind-it-out offense.  The Glen Coffee changeup hasn’t occurred yet, only getting a handful of unproductive carries per game.  Gore is also catching about 4 balls a game and has accounted for over 50% of his teams offensive yards.  He’s facing the duo of Pat and Kevin Williams of the Vikings, but they haven’t been the wall they’ve been in the past, as the Vikes are allowing an average of 109 yards a game to the likes of such luminaries as Kevin Smith and Jamal Lewis.  Gore will produce.

Worth a Shot:

Hes teased us with potential for years now, lets see if it will finally show up on the football field.

He's teased us with potential for years now, let's see if it will finally show up on the football field


Vernon Davis (TE) SF – I may end up regretting suggesting Davis, as he has burned me numerous time in the past.  But he’s been got eight receptions on the season already and has been targeted in the passing game more this year than ever before.  He finally seems to be “getting it” and Singletary called him one of the team leaders.  This is a game where his team will need its leaders to stand up, so let’s see if he can respond.  The Minnesota pass rush is elite and should be hounding Shaun Hill everytime he drops back.  Given that Hill is only a mediocre quarterback, he will not be able to stretch the field, resorting to dumpoffs to his backfield and tight end.

Brett Favre (QB) Minn – He’s only averaging 130 yards through the first two games this season.  And Brad Childress would’ve been stupid to take the ball out of Peterson’s hands and force the ball through the air, as AP has been doing all the work so far this year.  However, this game could be a little different.  Patrick Willis and the San Fransisco defense will be focused on AP and I think after a few weeks of getting back in game shape, the baby gloves will come off and Favre will be allowed to air it out.  He’s got the weapons (Harvin, Berrian, Shiancoe, and Rice) and just need the opportunity.  This week, opportunity knocks.

Guys I’m Avoiding:

Shaun Hill (QB) SF – I feel guilty even mentioning this, as I hope nobody is starting him in a fantasy league.  And he isn’t losing game by throwing picks (he’s thrown zero) or throwing for a poor completion (about 65%).  But he’s so unimpressive, attemping only 30 passes a game, averaging 175 yards, and completing one touchdown this year.  The pass catchers on San Fransisco is uninspiring, consisting of Reverand Ike (Isaac Bruce), Josh Morgan and Arnaz Battle.  Who?  You should be able to do better on the waiver wire in most leagues.

Visanthe Shiancoe (TE) Minn – He broke out last year, with 7 touchdowns on 42 receptions, but has not yet built the rapport he needs with Brett Favre.  He’s certainly talented and a good red-zone threat, but fantasy leaguers want predictability and consistancy from their players.  Shiancoe can’t offer that yet this year with his 4 yards on 2 receptions.  Plant him on the bench until he shows some signs of life.  Good news though, Favre likes throwing to his tight ends, it just takes him a while to find one he trusts (See Dustin Keller’s second half last season).

This game will be an answer game for many football fans.  Obviously, we want to see if the 49ers can keep beating talented teams (yes, I think the Cards are talented…).  Also, we want to see what kind of stats to expect from Vikings players against servicable defenses, as the Lions and Browns hardly qualify to be considered respectable.  It’ll be interested to see the athletically vulnerable Shaun Hill responds to a big-time pass rush.  Can he avoid the sack and make a play down field?  And finally, this game will be interesting because we get to count how many bodies Adrian Peterson is able to leave in his wake.  The matchup of the most physically dominating runner in the league versus the most physically dominating linebacker in the league will sure be fun to watch.