Okay. Enough with the hand wringing. We can do it again tomorrow, after Mike Singletary meets with the press today. Here’s a tip Coach. Roll out a bus, throw Moran Norris under it, grind it back and forth a few times, and the fans will all be cheering again. Trust me. It will work.
I waited a long time for this season and I’ll be damned if I’m not going to enjoy it — one way or the other. Step One: 5 division victories + KC, OAK, DEN, & TB = 9 wins. Throw in maybe CAR and PHI, and we can still win 10 or 11 games. Jimmy Raye or not.
The Saints game doesn’t matter. If I were a Saints fan, I would be very nervous about next Monday’s game. For them, it’s a MUST win game. They’ll be facing an angry home team, on the grass. A team that is hard to beat on its own turf. A team that has NOTHING TO LOSE. A team that has FIGURED OUT HOW TO RELAY SIGNALS TO THEIR QB. Whoa! Eat it, you sweaty worrywarts in New Orleans. Tickle, tickle. Psst. The ball bounces funny sometimes. You know it does. Hahaha.
For the 49ers, it’s a tuneup for the looming trip to Arrow Head stadium in week three. That stadium gets a little on the loud side, just like Qwest Field in Seattle. The team will be prepared for the noise this time, won’t we guys? Sure we will.
And the defense will be facing Matt Cassel, not clever old Matt Hasselbeck. If you look at the above list of 9 to 11 wins, you will notice those teams mentioned do not have what you would call an elite QB. The 49ers can beat any team in the league that doesn’t have an elite QB. Our defense can handle non-eliters. Even smother them. It’s the eliters the defense can’t handle, and the solution to that will have to come next year. The “Take The Next Step” year. Maybe we’ll even throw in a new OC next year and make that next step a giant one.
For now, we got what we got. You dance with the one you brung. Maybe she’s not quite as ugly and clumsy as she looked in Seattle. Maybe that game was just the yearly ABERRATION GAME. Sure it was. I’m convinced it was. Unless there’s another.
It’s hard to get pumped up for a game that has LOSE written all over it. Even LOSE BIG scribbled in the margins. Maybe a footnote that says SLAUGHTERED. A win next Monday would leave the fans going “WTF? Did we just win that? How the hell did that happen?”
Also, a loss next Monday would put the Niners at 0-2 for the season. That would trigger the WRITE THEM OFF factor. We know how that one goes. It’s a variation of the NOBODY RESPECTS US factor, which is one of the most dangerous unsubstantiated but still firmly believed factors in football. REMEMBER THE 2007 GIANTS will become the secret motto of the team. Fans in the know will know and fans in the dumb will screech and holler gleefully until we beat KC.
I know, Atlanta comes next on the schedule and they beat hell out of us last year at Candlestick and now we play them in Georgia. A loss there would put us at 1-3. But that’s it. The skid stops there. For the first time in several years, October is going to be a good month for the 49ers, not the usual 0-4 and what the hell happened month. That’s the month the team is going to JELL.
Wow. I’m all pumped up again. I’ve got myself so pumped up here, I’m tempted to say next Monday’s game is a MUST LOSE game!