First off, I want to say how well prepared this team was, they seemed so calm and focused for the job at hand. I know that is expected but after years of Nolan and Erickson you appreciate this more. I really loved the way Singletary handles the team and talks to the guys on the sideline, when Shuan Hill called that timeout he didn't get bad just gave him a little tap on the head and talked to him. He knows how to communicate to players and he knows how and when to motivate players.
The defense played great, I kept thinking they would wear down and at some point Arizona would just keep driving down the field but for the most part, the 9ers were great on D.
Parys Haralson put on the best pass rushing clinic by a 49ers player since....Chris Doleman
The secondary played GREAT. Shawntae Spencer I mean you never heard his name, he just locked down his guy. Nate Clements came to play, he was great in pass coverage and made some great tackles. Dre Bly also played very well as the 3rd corner and T.Brown came in made two nice plays, our CB depth is really good. Dashon Goldson you can see the talent in this kid, he closes in a hurry. Michael Lewis also played a very solid game.
Justin Smith was his usual self and I thought Manny Lawson and Ray McDonald played pretty dam solid.
Patrick Willis, well he's Patrick Willis (best LB in the NFL)
Okay so our offense.... I wasn't expected us to dominate but jeez I thought we would run the ball better. Man our O-Line got dominated, Snyder played awful, Baas and Rachal had a tough time and I still maintain Eric Heitman is an overrated center. Staley played okay but you can't have one O-lineman playing okay. Can we improve? I think it can only get better but how much better? Do these guys need more time playing together and it is a new scheme for them.... I don't know, I think Pashos will replace Snyder at RT at some point but other than that, this is the best we got. Baas has to step up and Rachal has to become more consistant, he has the talent but he needs more playing time.
Shuan Hill played pretty poorly but also had a gutty performance and the guy seems to find ways to hang in there and give us a chance to win. I mean he wasn't helped by our running game or o-line either.
I thought our receivers stepped up when they needed to, Bruce made some key catches, Josh Morgan played well and Arnaz Battle made a big 1st down catch.
Also kudos to Vernon Davis who looks like a totally differen't player. He didn't have a big game catching the football but he did make some key catches and he seems to play more calm and under control and doesen't bump his chest and yap everytime he catches a pass.
We got to get this O-Line fixed and get the running game going, I said I thought we would win some games ugly this year but I assumed we would do it running the ball a little bit better and we need to run the ball better if we are going to compete for the NFC west title.
I know its early but if we can beat Seattle on Sunday, I think it sets up in pretty good shape and I would think we would be in it all year long.