Originally posted by TexasNiner:
All offseason people have been optomistic about how we will improve because 2nd/3rd years players will suddenly develop, low impact FAs will somehow make a big difference and/or rookies, especially late round picks and UDFAs, will contribute quickly.
And frankly, most, if not all, of that needs to happen for us to improve our areas of weakness.
Granted, it's only one preseason game, but does anyone see any real signs that there is any difference between this team and last year's?
Pass rush? Still none.
QB Situation? Still exactly unsettled. Hill looks more solid, but limited and not dynamic. Smith has more talent, but does not look overly comfortable or stable.
Oline? - RT a question mark.
Disipline? Fumbled the first play, missed blocking assignments, general poor execution often. And Vernon (though looking better with his playmaking) still can't make a first down without screaming to the heavens like a fool.
Overall? Solid run D and decent secondary that can still get burned by the big play, 3rd down conversions and no pass rush. An O that will move the chains some, but will struggle to get more than field goals and maybe one TD a game.
Man, that sounds familiar. Again, it's very early. But this sure looks a LOT like what we've seen before.
Anyone disagree? Anyone see something that makes them think we've addressed any of the key issues we all knew existed going into the off season last year?
1- We finally have an O-Cord whose style works for the players we have rather than against. Our best offense in the last couple years was in 2006, and its not like we had a ton of talent that year. It was that we had a good o-cord whose style fit our players. I can't yet say whether Raye is a good o-cord, but at least his style fits our players.
1a- We will have the best QB play since Garcia left. Our best QB of the last couple years was either Smith in 2006 or Hill beating up on garbage teams in the last two years. Either should be improved this year, especially with a O-cord that fits their styles. Therefore whichever wins the starting job will be the best we've had in the last couple years. (I'll admit this may be marginal, but its still true)
2- Against Denver, we had 2 units (ol and dbs) that looked better than last year and none that looked worse.
3- Overall, in the Denver game we did look like the 2008 niners. However we were missing Bruce, Willis and Gore. Which means we looked like last year with our 2 best players and a starting WR sitting.
Granted, none of these points add up to much more than .500, but we have improved since last season. Last year we overachieved to get to 7 wins.