Originally posted by 9erred:
The most telling part of the article is how the niners are barely winning games against weak opponents. The 49ers will have turned the corner when they dominate every aspect of the game against weaker opponents and win convincingly scoring mucho points and winning by more then 14 points. The team is what it is, a weak team, until proven otherwise.
100% agreed. This team must prove that it belongs, it's that simple and until it does so, they'll get no respect. You can change statistics by playing well and let's face it the games in which the teams won have been against very week teams - and in those games they have been squeakers. The 49ers need to dominate weaker opponents. It's just that simple.
There are a lot of IFs on the team and projecting statistics based on what this team has done in the past is a no-win situation. I've said this before in other threads, but the team must play well throughout September and November.
Can this team be consistent? We'll see. They have to prove it. Can this team run, pass and defend when it needs to against good opponents? We'll see. Unfortunately history has said they can't in the past. I feel better that Nolan is gone, but most of the coaches outside of Raye are still Nolan hires. That concerns me. I feel optimistic that the players are being given a chance, but again we're still very unproven in a number of positions. I know people say "we looked better" towards the end of the year but as the stats prove, we looked better against weaker teams.
I'm sure the Shaun Hill love committee will challenge what TFO said about Hill's "wins".
I'll watch. They're my team. Hopefully it's a step in the right direction. I just wouldn't get so high this season where I could seriously predict any part of the team will be "bests in the league" like many threads in Ninertalk have mentioned.
Possible? Yes. Probable? Not so sure.