NFL

The 49ers are the Browns of the NFC

manziel

It’s a bad dream that keeps going. You wake up, drink some water, fall back asleep, and the same bad dream continues as if you never left. Your unconscious dream and conscious reality merge into one, a never-ending cycle of gloom and despair.

The Browns are the 49ers. The 49ers are the Browns.

This is the opposite of BREAKING NEWS. Niners Nation found this passage from Sports Illustrated after the 49ers hired Jim O’Neil to be their defensive coordinator after the Browns said buh-bye to him.

Rather than being assigned specific gaps, Cleveland’s defensive linemen play different techniques based on how their offensive counterparts are blocking them. The linebackers, then, are expected to guess what technique their teammates are using, scrape through the resulting mess and make the play. Opposing offenses have identified this flaw on film and are repeatedly, week-after-week, gashing the edge of Cleveland’s defense. It’s a completely chaotic approach to stopping the run, and players have said—off the record—they’re spending way too much time thinking, and not nearly enough time reacting.

Sound familiar? The 49ers are 32nd in rushing yards allowed. They are 32nd in yards allowed per carry. There are 32 teams in the NFL.

O’Neil must have been joking, right? Right? Let’s check the transcript.

How do you assess the gap integrity along the D-Line in particular?

“I don’t know what you mean by that.” 

How would you assess each individual defensive lineman and their ability to maintain their responsibility in their gap? If you ask, say, Buckner, to be responsible for the B-gap. Is he doing that?

“Yeah. Yeah.”

Then again, it probably doesn’t matter. O’Neil is on his way out, probably to be replaced by Bernie Kosar, Earnest Byner or Tim Couch. I’m joking, but like most jokes there’s some truth lurking. This weird 49ers/Browns “brothers in suck” relationship has lasted quite a while.

I wrote this back in January:

***

Since Carmen Policy and Dwight Clark ran the second iteration of the Browns when they reentered the league, there was no tangible connection between the 49ers and Cleveland for over a decade. But over the past few years, the two teams seem to get mentioned at the same time an awful lot.

  • The Browns traded Colt McCoy to the 49ers in 2013.
  • The 49ers hired former Browns head coach Eric Mangini as an assistant in 2013.
  • According to PFT, “the Cleveland Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to coach Jim Harbaugh” in either late 2013 or early 2014.
  • 49ers tried and failed to hire former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski as their offensive coordinator in 2015.
  • The 49ers traded Andy Lee to the Browns in 2015.
  • The 49ers interviewed former Browns OC John DeFilippo for their then-vacant head coaching position in 2016.
  • 49ers replace secondary coach Tim Lewis with Jeff Hafley, who held the same position in Cleveland.
  • 49ers hire O’Neil.

One reason for the recent flurry of former Browns acquisitions could be Kelly, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Kelly has made a habit of hiring former Browns coaches as coordinators.

Pat Shurmur, head coach of the Browns from 2011-12, was the offensive coordinator and Bill Davis, a former linebackers coach in Cleveland, was the defensive coordinator during Kelly’s tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly was close to a deal to become the Browns head coach in 2013, before eventually taking the same job with the Eagles. He was also on the Browns’ radar this year (allegedly), before they hired Hue Jackson … whom the 49ers also interviewed.

***

And the beat goes on.

football_outsiders__innovative_statistics__intelligent_analysis

***

What else is going on in 49erland?

— Colin Kaepernick is still the starter. For now. The 49ers could start Pondering another change if Kaepernick can’t complete over half of his passes against New Orleans. (Kaepernick has failed to complete 50% of his passes in three straight starts, going back to 11/1/15 against the Rams.)

— Oh, wait. He’s already on his way to Denver.

This egg man, like most egg men and women, has his finger on the pulse. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch complete more than 60% of their passes, average 6.9 and 6.7 yards attempt respectively (Kaepernick: 5.2 y/a) and make less than a third what Kaepernick is pulling in this season, but ignore all that. This deal is as good as done!

— Trent Baalke added a safety to his practice squad. His name is Vinnie Sunseri. The Saints drafted him in the fifth round in 2014, he was on the Patriots’ practice squad until they released him on Oct. 24, and he tore his ACL in college. It’s nice that Baalke is thinking big picture about this season. If there’s one area where he hasn’t focused enough, it’s the safety position. And he’s really onto something with these players who come to Santa Clara with surgical scars on their knees. (Talk about a bad dream that never ends.)

— Every veteran practiced today, which indicates there will be no trades. No surprise there. As I’ve noted earlier, Baalke had no reason to make the team worse at the halfway point because a 1-15 record this season could damage his resume as he goes after front office jobs with different teams in the coming months/years.

Translation: “Trent. I’m begging you. Let me go. Pleeeeaaaaase.”

— Aaron Lynch and Rashard Robinson didn’t practice today. No biggie, New Orleans only has the NFL’s top-ranked passing offense.

— The Saints are only 3-4, but they have won three of their last four, including a 25-20 victory over Seattle on Sunday. They’re favored by three points on the road.

— The average score of the 49ers’ last six games: Opponents 37, 49ers 19.

— The average score of the 49ers’ games from Week 2 to Week 7 in 2015: Opponents 30, 49ers 14

Side note: I’ve been told that the banner planned for Sunday’s game against the Saints had to be pushed to the game on Nov. 20 against the Patriots because the group’s pilot was unavailable.

21 Comments

Leave a Reply

21 Comments on "The 49ers are the Browns of the NFC"

Notify of
avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshockunamusedcooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsadexclamationquestionideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 
Audio and Video Files
 
 
 
Other File Types
 
 
 
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Nfamous209
Guest
Member
Nfamous209

BASportsGuy Except Browns fans are far more loyal.

ampin11a
Guest
Member
ampin11a

BASportsGuy No. They are worse. Browns aquired a good player. Niners trying to trade away any decent player

MilpitasNinerGu
Guest
Member
MilpitasNinerGu

BASportsGuy more like the Browns are the 49ers of the AFC. I think we set the bar.

HarryRo44940209
Guest
Member
HarryRo44940209

ampin11a BASportsGuy Decent player don’t wanna play with kaep sorry ass

HarryRo44940209
Guest
Member
HarryRo44940209

MilpitasNinerGu BASportsGuy another crybaby niner fan

MilpitasNinerGu
Guest
Member
MilpitasNinerGu

HarryRo44940209 BASportsGuy excuse me?

laughlikeahyena
Guest
Member
laughlikeahyena
“The 49ers are the Browns of the NFC” – I’m adding this to my collection of spoiled_fans.txt file.  For real though, get a grip, BASG. The Browns haven’t made playoffs in almost 15 years. The Niners went to the NFC Championship game 3 times this decade! You say Harbaugh willed them there and you would be correct. However, it doesn’t change the fact that they were recently there. Can’t say that about Cleveland.  Not to mention the carousel of names at QB for Cleveland. Why not throw Trent Dilfer and Ken Dorsey onto the Cleveland/San Francisco QB trades?  Is it… Read more »
laughlikeahyena
Guest
Member
laughlikeahyena

ampin11a BASportsGuy A linebacker who doesn’t do his job, free lances on defense, and wants Von Miller money is not a good player.

ampin11a
Guest
Member
ampin11a

HarryRo44940209 BASportsGuy Just draft good ones then. …..oh wait. #firebaalke

Mr_KevinJones
Guest
Member
Mr_KevinJones

BASportsGuy having covered both teams, this headline is very accurate. Also when I wrote that SI piece, it was a cry of help from players

topraman
Guest
Member
topraman

BASportsGuy So what you are saying is, do not be shocked when the niners sign Johnny Manziel.

BASportsGuy
Guest
Member
BASportsGuy

topraman Yep, once he gets his life together and shreds one or both of his ACLs.

puddylex
Guest
Member
puddylex

BASportsGuy Youngstown must be downstream from Cleveland.

henrygpromo
Guest
Member
henrygpromo

BASportsGuy at least the Browns have football people making football decisions, I’ll give them credit for that

AlbdukeSteven
Guest
Member
AlbdukeSteven

BASportsGuy not quite that bad they won plenty of Super Bowls

Bleed_Red_Gold
Guest
Member
Bleed_Red_Gold

BASportsGuy I noticed this Brown’s West Connection from the time that Tedd Ginn got here. The Baltimore West love affair didn’t work too.

Bleed_Red_Gold
Guest
Member
Bleed_Red_Gold

BASportsGuy Nolan to Singletary, dropped pants, Nut Cracker Drill that injured players, I’ve seen it all. The Donahue/Ericson fantasy.

Bleed_Red_Gold
Guest
Member
Bleed_Red_Gold

BASportsGuy The Yorks didn’t stop there. Norv Turner and Mike Martz Offenses. Don’t worry Tom Flores and a Seahawk Coach will be next.

Bleed_Red_Gold
Guest
Member
Bleed_Red_Gold

BASportsGuy The Yorks will try every Off & Def Tree under the sun even if the Scouts & GM are from different trees. Ah, we’ll make it work.

Bleed_Red_Gold
Guest
Member
Bleed_Red_Gold

BASportsGuy That’s an organization without a philosophy and direction. If we’re picking fruit now from the Brown’s Tree, may God help us.

Beaver
Guest
Member
Beaver
For the last ten years, there seemed to be a special division in the NFL that consisted of the Browns, Raiders and Dolphins.  The organizations were clueless, players and coaches went back and forth and all of their games felt like soccer friendlies – the results didn’t really count, these teams were just there to balance out the league and give the real NFL teams someone to play. The fourth team in this division was the Patriots who would just sweep in every now and then to take advantage of one of them in a trade.  I now feel like the Niners have replaced the Raiders in this… Read more »
wpDiscuz
What is Bay Area Sports Guy?

It is the top independent sports site covering the teams that play in the best sports region in the United States. BASG is not an ordinary fan blog. It is a place where sports news is broken and analyzed by writers with access who are not afraid to question the status quo, writers who also produce original content in the form of videos, photographs and podcasts.

Questions/Comments? Email basg@bayareasportsguy.com
Fill out my online form.

Copyright © 2017 - Bay Area Sports Guy. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy Terms of Use and BASG Shop Terms

To Top