I don’t think I’ve ever heard a QB booed on the first play of the game. And the second. That’s some serious and immediate eff you feedback. The third play was a 22 yard completion to Vernon Davis and that was the end of the boos for the rest of the game. At least in San Francisco. Folks in Seattle may have spent most of the game in this mood.
It was a pretty comical beginning to what quickly became a comical game. They say turnovers come in bunches, and the 49ers had not had much, or any, bunch this year, so it was a very nice time for these bunches to make an appearance. Here’s hoping they stay around for the next two games, at least.
Alex Smith stepped up nicely against the Seattle Seahawks with a career best performance after those boo opening moments. But not many people think he’ll keep playing this way Thursday in San Diego or more critically two weeks from now in St. Louis. And a sizable segment of Niner fans are actually cringing at the thought of him playing well through season’s end, getting the team into the playoffs, and (gulp) probably saving Mike Singletary’s job, as well as his own.
It’s a weird fan base right now. A good portion of it would rather have seen Troy Smith continue to start and lose all of our remaining games, guaranteeing Singletary’s firing and Alex’s exit, rather than see either of these two stick around for next year by pulling the season out of the toilet at the last moment.
There is no doubt the offense yesterday looked the best it has all season. The best in many seasons, actually. It was hard to believe that 40 sitting there on the scoreboard next to the SF initials. Right up there on the ESPN website scoreboard banner along with other teams that can score 40 points. Like NE, IND, SD, NO, and PHI. In fact, gadzooks, the San Francisco 49ers outscored every team in the league Sunday! Well, except for the one team that got to play the Broncos.
The team hadn’t hit that mark for the past seven years. Of course, the QB who put up that mark seven years ago was Tim Rattay, so we know how significant ultimately this achievement is. In fairness, Rattay was playing on the last offensive powerhouse the Niners had before the roof fell in. No one would mistake this current team for an offensive powerhouse, so maybe it is more significant after all. It’ll be a moot point if this is just a one game mirage. Let’s face it, Trent Dilfer had ONE good game, against Arizona, in his ill-fated 2007 fill-in performance.
It was very enjoyable kicking Pete Carroll’s butt yesterday. Something to savor in what could be a bleak off season. You don’t want to see this guy thinking he has the Niner’s number. Plus he’s a jerk. Sorry.
The next two games are on the road, so boos will not be a factor. Should the team get eliminated in St. Louis, though, the final game at home against the Cardinals could be the longest, loudest boo down in NFL history. We could stomp the Cardinals again and it wouldn’t dilute the boos. The Niner fan base is pretty fed up. Nothing will appease them except a playoff game or a massive pink slip ceremony.
To the team’s credit, they are still playing hard and hanging in there. An 0-5 start would just about kill most teams, but this team has never given up. Unfortunately, in the NFL, character points don’t count much. Especially not when you have underachieved and stunk it up for eight long years. In the words already etched on Al Davis’ soon to be occupied tombstone, Just Win Baby.