Originally posted by King49er:
at some of the comments in this thread
Now I don't know what side of the fence you come down on, but here's where I stand:
Every year in the off-season, it's the same senseless hysteria. About how great we are and how NOW things are going to be different. What is true OTOH is that unless you actually change the way you do things, you cannot expect things to be different. Well how about us? What exactly has changed?
Talent evaluator: Same
HC: Was the assistant HC with the team the previous 3-4 years. So what exactly is new, other than the HYPE he receives for having done essentially NOTHING? May ACTUALLY be worse than the outgoing HC. We don't know.
Now there's probably going to be a flood of indignant commentary, so l have to digress and explain how I see it. What exactly did Singletary contribute to the alleged "turnaround" last year? He did not call the offensive plays. He did not call the defensive plays. All processes and personnel were in place when he took over.
Oh, he did stand wide-eyed on the sidelines OTOH . . . frozen . . . when he could actually have helped. Anyone remember the clock mismanagement at the end of the Arizona game? I watched. MS looked like a lost puppy out there, with a "huh, what happened?" expression on his face. Similar mismanagement at the conclusion of the Miami game. IMO the season played out how it was going to play out - MS or no MS. In fact, with some more credible leadership interceding at critical times, we should have made the play-offs. MS showed me that he was not a cool head, who could crisis manage at game-time.
People are going to say "he pulled JTO." So he's a genius for pulling JTO? That move was in the cards anyway. EVERYBODY could see a change was needed. It didn't take a stroke of genius and probably would have happened whoever was the HC. MS was LUCKY that ASmith was on IR and he HAD to play SHill. Otherwise GUARANTEED ASmith would have gone in and Singletary would have been out of a job with the Niners at season's end. He thought so much of SHill he wanted to pull him during the Rams game. And he shamelessly continues to disrespect SHill by not acknowledging him as starter, if only by name (it's only a title for crissakes, OF COURSE there should be competition, but show the QB who saved your a$$ some respect man!). MS is IMO a "knee jerk" coach, not an analytical one. The jury is WAAAAY out on him . . . so just hold on before you annoint him "Coach of the Year".
Back to what has changed with the Organization:
Position coaches: Same, except for Rathman (potentially great move; but questionable exactly how much impact he can have), brought in some family members
and fired one of the OL coaches (good move on its face)
OC: CHANGE. OK this is the ONLY significant change over last year. Frankly IMO I'm not convinced that this is an upgrade. You're going to hear snide remarks about how Martz is out of a job, etc, etc. BUT he was a superbowl winning offensive mind. He was egotistical in the past perhaps, but there was every indication that life had taught him some hard lessons and he was now willing to take direction. Except Singletary (the ultimate motivator who can change/work with anybody
) couldn't work with him. (Too smart, I suspect). What followed was a OC-search debacle. Now we have Raye. I don't know him. And even though his resume is not stellar, I will not judge him until we see the product he puts on the field. And then he's fair game!
Player changes: None of significance. Except, potentially, Crabtree (we shall see). Hopefully, MSmith (again, we'll see; no better than JJennings, hopefully less injury prone)
Despite the foregoing, Some are "tough talking" about how we are so much better now and "how dare the analysts predict we won't sweep our division". Well, don't look now but, unlike us, the other teams in the division have upgraded significantly. The Rams are going to have significantly improved O and D lines. Coaching should be better also. Seattle have a previously decimated team returning healthy among other off-season additions. Despite Holmgrens resignation, they have coaching continuity there that is akin to ours. Cardinals have shored up their major weakness: RB. Their organization at the top is unchanged from last year. They went to the SB (show some respect until we actuall prove something)
Now . . . I'm not pessimistic about the future. Every off-season I think "this is going to be the year" . . . because I have no other choice other than to hope that way. But have some HUMILITY, people. The sheer ARROGANCE of some fans reflects poorly on their ability to look at things dispassionately. You'd think after the experiences of the recent past people would wait until the team actually shows something on the field before manufacturing a false reality.
Alright now NHAP . . . have at it!