Originally posted by Rascal:
Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
Had our defense played at a championship level just 2 and a half months ago we'd be polishing up #6 in the trophy case.
There is no such thing anymore.
Instead, if our offense had not left us lagging with so many 3 and outs and down by 22 in the 1st half, we would be talking about "Quest for 7" now.
How did we get down by 22 in the first half, the offense did not let the Ravens score. It was the defense. So the point is, if the defense had allowed one TD less, different game. Same with ST. Why did we make a comeback? Cause the defense adjusted and did its job and gave the ball back to the offense and gave it opportunities. If they did not, then the niners would have never had a chance.
Another good example, as good as Peyton Manning is, it was when he had a good Defense to help him that he won. Once coach left and the main D people were not being replaced, never got back to the SB or AFCCG. Another instance? Remember when nobody could stop Marino-Niners did, and gave Montana the ball and opps to march down the field to play their game and not fast break.
When John Harbaugh was interviewed before the superbowl and asked what the ravens need to do to beat the niners, he said score fast and get them out of their game plan. Which they did. So if the D held and did not get blitzed in the first half different story. I believe with the addition of Boldin and a TE better than Walker our O will be better. However, with the loss of Dashon we won't unless we find someone to replace or others to take up the slack on other parts of the D.
Not saying don't draft O, but if the better talent is on D with the first few picks then we should go there, which according to others should be. As for TE, everyone is looking at Eiffy and Ertz and Escobar for their receiving skills, but I think the niners go Kelce, cause the reports say the first three's blocking skills are not that great. All you have to do is look at who we let go last year and kept- Celek and who we did not draft last year.
Also, Bruce Arians, deserves some respect, but he should look around, until he wins one as a GM and Head Coach the stats would disagree with him. As I said even the mighty Pats lost when they only had an O and no D. 18-0, then lost to the team with the better D, not once but sevral times. Our Offense will be better this year, with 1 year under Kaeps belt and the new additions. The niners are not going to go to much four or even 3 wide enough to warrant a wr this year.
If we can get a D that created opportunities like they did in JH's first season, think how much more the niners will score with a short field and more experience O next season.