Here is what I have learned.
1-We are a better team than a year ago, for the simple reason that our best offensive player and best defensive player was not on the field. Say what you will but we are not just talking about OUR best two players on both sides of the ball, we are talking about TWO of the BEST PLAYERS at THEIR POSITIONS IN THE ENTIRE NFL which also happen to be probably the two most important positions on the field (exception QB vs. RB) but none the less close. WIth them on the field, there is no question the game looks and feels different. (add 7-10 points extra for us) Not to mention we haven't even seen Crabtree.
2-Shawn Hill and Alex Smith to me look identical from what I remember them with a slight improvement from Alex but nothing like I was hoping for or
from what all the reviews led me to believe. It's not like we were watching Mark Sanchez on his first play from scrimmage and hits his receiver 50 yards down field in stride and you say.......WOW, this should be something special. NOTHING special on the QB front but I do think they can be managable QB's and at least not loose us the games.
3-We definately have no pass rush. Any team can get pressure on the QB by blitzing and over loading the offensive line. In order for us to say we got pressure we need to see " mano y mano" plays where our guys get a sack from messing someone up bad. The only way we get pressure this year is with blitzing the shirts out of teams and hopefully with our secondary looking the way it did we might be better than 13 overall versus last year.
SO.........with the one positive being not having Willis and Gore (and Crabtree) and still winning, and other two negatives being QB and No pass rush I will say this. It will be a decent year meaning we will be much more competitive than last year and years prior. I am more excited about this year than I have been in recent memory and I know you all are too and probably see and feel the same way. There is hope there, we look better so far, maybe we have a QB than can be servicable, Gore, Willis, Crabtree on the field we no doubt will win more games BUT ARE WE FORGETTING who we are and what our organization expects, WHAT WE EXPECT???
We are the 49er's for cryin out loud! Being decent is NOT ACCEPTABLE
, not winning superbowls is NOT ACCEPTABLE
. Until we find a VERY GOOD QB and start having a VERY GOOD PASS RUSH on other teams we will always be just okay. Expect more from this team and the coaches and personal involved. We need to find ourselves that QB and pass rush if we want to say we are great. WE need to find these guys if we want to compete with the Pats, Giants, Steelers and all other elite teams. It will not happen without it and I will not accept being decent. I hope we get our respect back at least this year and make the playoff's....at a bare minimum.....BUT LET'S ALL PRAY THAT WE CAN HIT GOLD AGAIN LIKE WE DID WITH GORE AND WILLIS and grab our QB and PASSRUSHER of the future with next year's 2 first round picks.
Just Pray we do........
[ Edited by quann4 on Aug 15, 2009 at 21:49:15 ]