Originally posted by glorydayz:
With Crabtree holding out and B. Jones hurt we have pretty much the same unit except for Spurlock! The O-line is the same group! DB's are the same minus Walt & Roman! Same LBer's, added a ILB (Mckillop). Same D-line added Evans. Same QB's different 3rd & 4th (Huard & Davis).
So why would we expect different results with the same players and two new coaches?
We do look better but when it is all said and done we have the same team! Wonder if SM really believes in our guys or if we are just being cheap again?
How its different:
1. No Nolan and Singletary from the beginning: A number of the team's recent woes were blamed on Nolan. At some level, those concerns were verified by Singletary getting better results while taking over on the fly in the middle of the season. This year, Singletary got a full off-season and TC to put his program in.
2. No more "hybrid": With Nolan gone, so is the 3-4/4-3 hybrid that Nolan liked with the true 3-4 replacing it under Manusky. Over the 2nd half of the season last year, the defense improved from the mid-20's to 13th overall, again giving some credence to perhaps the players were not being used in the best way by Nolan.
3. No JTO: After Game 3 last year, JTO slowly imploded and the team got better when Hill took over. Hill is the starter from the beginning and has a better track record at this point that JTO had last year at this time. Obviously, you have to believe Hill is for real and not a function of a late season surge against bad teams to really see this as a vast improvement.
4. New Offense: While Martz's offense helped in terms of overall points and yards, it also hurt in terms of turnovers, sacks and time of possession. The premise of hiring Raye was that his offense fit the 49ers' pieces better and all things considered the offense would be better as a run first offense featuring Gore at RB instead of a lot of 4 and 5 receiver patterns with minimal protection for the QB.
There are other differences but you get the idea....