Today, the 49ers leave the Bay Area for a Sunday game in Carolina. Then on to London for a game a week later against Denver. Bon Voyage, boys! If you come back home with two wins to show for your trip, we’ll welcome you back with muted joy. If you come back with only one win — or worse no wins — don’t bother coming back. You will be dead to us.
And don’t blame me, red and gold troopers. I did my best this week. And it wasn’t easy. Getting a positive pulse from the blogosphere these days is about as tough as selling swim suits in the Yukon — in the winter!
I guess deep down a lot of fans really would prefer the team does not rally forth and sneak into the playoffs this year. That would probably mean Mike Singletary would be retained and so would Alex Smith. If there’s a hidden universe of fans out there that still want this duo around next year, it’s a more secret society than the Bilderbergers.
A playoff run from the hole the team is in now would probably cause a good portion of fans to change their minds somewhat from the current zero tolerance viewpoint. Winning cures a whole lot of ills. The deeper fear, though, is that the team will rally just enough to be impressive, but again fall one win short of the playoffs.
Under the almost-but-not-quite scenario, Jed York would definitely be on the hot seat come January. Although Smith’s fate would be more in the hands of whoever is the HC next year, Singletary’s fate is all on Jed’s lap. And the fans are not going to want Singletary back. His style of football sounded good in the beginning, but dull offenses, even effective ones, are never going to warm the hearts of Bay Area fans until and unless they result in a Super Bowl victory. And this particular offense has taken six games to just win one game.
Most fans do not believe the SB result will ever occur with Singletary, given the modern NFL world of QB driven franchises with dynamic offenses. For York, though, any change at the top would put him directly in the line of fire should that change not immediately advance the team to the postseason party. The change would have to be to an offensive minded coach, which would result in yet another new offensive system in San Francisco, and yet another period of “it’s a work in progress” football.
In the meantime, the team has to win game number two this weekend. It could take all the drama out of York’s January decision by simply losing to Carolina, a team that has not won a game yet this year.
And that concludes this week’s efforts to drum up some gung-ho baby for this Sunday’s game. Or at least install some morgue-like curiosity in the blogosphere for what probably will be one dull ass, low scoring game.
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There were a couple of problems on this play that clearly fall outside the formation / play calling arena. Davis’ and Iupati’s play should improve as they gain valuable experience. I just hope we don’t run out of games first.
Even though Smith lines up in the shotgun here, where it’s believed he has a better command of the field, he doesn’t look past his first read and doesn’t seem to be aware of the blitzing corner and the receiver he leaves open by his blitz.
An easy first down there and possibly a big gainer. It would seem to me to be an easy pre-snap read as well since there was no effort to disguise it.
I think the Raiders took a risky gamble there and making teams pay for that will slow the blitz frequency.
Many fans will blame the o-line here, and they have a good point, but for those that say a Brady or a Manning couldn’t do better here, this is what the accomplished QBs do routinely to keep moving the ball down the field.