Originally posted by 49erFan:
The biggest, in my view, was the pass rush... I don't know where that came from but wow! That was my biggest concern with the team by far. They did a hell of a job today. Pretty safe to say they were indeed playing vanilla in the pre-season.
The defense overall looked great in my opinion. The gameplan was excellent. Allowing Hightower to have a bunch of underneath catches seemed annoying, but clearly the plan was to stop Fitz and Boldin from having big games, and that was accomplished for the most part.
That defense, looks tough when they can rush the passer like that. It's only one game, but that was fun to watch.
The offense really struggled for most of the game, however, they stuck with it and got it done when it mattered most. The coaching staff made adjustments... Did I really just say that? The 49ers coaching staff making in game adjustments? lol. Yes indeed!
Not only did the coaches make adjustments, but the players were able to fight through the tough day and make plays when needed.
Vernon Davis looked like a leader today! I have heard alot of comments about wanting to see him hand the ball to the ref and not pound his chest every play. Well, he did that today.
I loved Singletary's time-out to rally the troops. This really is his team, and these guys are buying into it.
Ya gotta love it. We walked in to 'Zona and beat the defending division and conference champions. We were competitive throughout, and other than the third quarter seemed in control of the game.
I heard alot of hangover talk from the announcers. Well guess what, the Cards started camp at the same time as we did. I think both teams will get sharper as the year goes on. However, today we were the better team and deserved that victory.
Good assessment. I also think that this team learned that there is a difference between pre-season where they led the league in running and the regular season where they are probably last. I realize that Hill missed quite a few open looks and may have left a lot more on the table. However, he came through when he needed to and he is the chosen QB so the coaching staff is going to have to let him play to win games.
Gore is not the only play maker on this team and the sooner this is realized, the better of a play maker he will become. I don't think that this team has the talent and personality to dominate the run as Sing has envisioned and must find a way to use other players. I am disappointed that they have yet to realize the potential of the TE's nor did I see any swing passes to the fullback. And a reverse to your slowest WR? Something is very wrong with that scenario.
I am not impressed with Raye's play calling and in fact am very unimpressed. You would think that someone who has been in the business as long as he has would be more insightful and better at deploying strategies and tactics to keep the chans moving.
A win is a win though and beating the Cards in Arizona is a very good positive step. At the same time, the Cads may have done just as much to loose the game than the Niners did to win it and I think that Sing is more happy about getting the win than he is about beating his opponent at this time. Hopefully we will see a more dynamic and effective display in the future.