Originally posted by ZRF80:
I know the preseason just started, but it didnt look like we made major strides from last year. Our offense (mind you on only 1 drive's worth of analysis) didnt have spark I was hoping for. Just like last season, we put ourselves in bad position and looked to Hill to pull us out. Our o-line sputtered, and Hill was forced to make plays on his own. As for Smith, just as I expected. A lot of bad plays, only to be erased by one semi-good throw for a TD.
Defense.......blah. The only INT I counted was Dre Bly's. The other two were Orton feeling sorry for our defense, and throwing it into our arms. Other than that, we didnt put anything out there to scare anyone. Typical Manusky defense, IMO.
I hope we got some more weapons in our arsenal, or this is just gonna be one of those typical 8-8 seasons.
First, lets not forget its the first preseason game. The Lions were undefeated last year in the preseason. The Patriots have often had losing preseasons so lets keep it in perspective. Second, on offense, they were without their best player (Gore) and the starting FB (Norris). The OL gave up a couple of sacks but in at least 2 cases the QB held the ball too long (1 for Hill, 1 for Smith). Smith did not have "a lot of bad plays," especially considering it was his first game action of any kind in almost a year. Its a new offensive scheme, they're not game planning and their staying vanilla.
Second, not really sure what "typical Manusky" means considering we really only have 1/2 a season where Nolan was not involved/interfering with the defense and during that time the defense went from 24th to 13th overall and was second in the league in giving up the fewest explosive plays of 20 yards or more. If that's "typical Manusky," then having that from the beginning of the season would put them in the top 10 overall. Also, only giving the defense credit for 1 of the INTs also isn't a legitimate criticism. For example, Orton didn't throw the ball to Clements, Clements came off his coverage by recognizing where the ball was going. It was a good play by Nate, not a case of Orton throwing the ball to him. With that said, again, its the first preseason game. Their best defensive player (Willis) wasn't playing. They kept it vanilla and controlled the game when the 1st and 2nd team players were largely on the field in the first half.
If anything, the encouraging sign was that the 49ers won the portion of the game when both teams had more of their 1st and 2nd team players on the field in the first half but "lost" the 2nd half when there were more players fighting for the bottom roster spots or practice squad spots were on the field.
I know everyone, including Jed York, is hoping for the playoffs but before you dismiss 8-8, lets not forget the 49ers have had losing seasons for 6 straight years, including a couple that were really ugly. 8-8 might be a small disappointment but it would still be a good step in the right direction.