Very solid, we did what we needed to do and for the most part we had total control of this game.
The defense played very, very solid again, the pass rusher was terrific the first quarter and a half but then kind of dissapeared a little but the D made plays/stops when they had to.
Dashon Goldson- I thought he would get at least 5 INT's this year and he is on his way there after making a nice INT for his career pick against the Seahawks. This kid is a player and I see him getting better and better. He runs like a deer, tackles well, is big with long arms and he closes in a hurry.
Nate Clements- For all the talk about how much Clements makes (and he really doesen't make as much as people think or make him out to be) Clements played very well for us in 07 and for the most part was very good last year. Right now though, Nate Clements is playing like a pro bowl cornerback and he is playing as well as any cornerback in the NFL. His coverage is great, he is coming up and making hits, he tackles as welll as any cornerback in the league and just all-around is playing great football.
Shawntae Spencer- Does this guy play? You never hear his name called (which is a good thing for a corner), it's amazing he is playing even better than he did before he tore his ACL.
Michael Lewis- Michael Lewis has been a solid player for us since he joined the team in 07 but right now he is playing great football. He was always a great tackler and big hitter but now he is also flying to the ball and even helping out in pass defense.
Patrick Willis- A beast!
Manny Lawson- Played okay
Parys Halarason- Gave Ray McDonald a sack when he caused Hasselbeck to step up into Ray Mac but didn't show much in the 2nd half.
Dre Bly- what a great pickup. Is there is a better Nickel-3rd corner in the NFL?
Issac Sopoaga- Really played solid, clogging the middle
Nice to see the offense get it together this week esspecially the running game. I like what Jimmy Raye did and his playcalling was much better, I liked some of the run designs and fake runs he had in the playbook this week.
Frank Gore- A thing of beauty on those two long td runs.
Moran Norris- Really played solid, blocked well, made a big catch and had a career long run.
Glenn Coffee- He looks scared and hesitant, I hope it's just he needs some more time and reps but right now he doesen't look very good.
Josh Morgan- I saw him get open at least twice and Shuan Hill did not throw it to him but still to have 0 catches is dissapointing. He did throw two great blocks.
Issac Bruce- Solid as a rock
Vernon Davis- Made a nice 5yd catch and turned into a 15 yard 1st rd down. He is being double teammed a lot.
Delaine Walker- Get him involved more!
O-Line- Played pretty solid, Pashos came in at the start of the 14 play 8+ minute drive and you can see he gets a push. If the 49ers weren't playing At Minnesota in a loud noisey dome, I think he would be starting. Joe Staley played great, he did a tremendous job on Patrick Kerney and really did a nice job of run blocking. Chilo Rachal also did a nice job I thought but im still not sold on Heitman and Baas. Snyder gave up two bad sacks on 3rd downs and I just don't think he is a starter in this league.
Shuan Hill- He is not pretty and there is a lot of things he does not/can't? do but he manages the game well and makes plays when he has to win and WINS....9-3 as a starter!
Things I did not like;
The D got a little soft in the 2nd half and Im a little worried about the lack of a pass rush against a Seahawks O-Line that had their 3rd string LT in there.
Glenn Coffee, he looks like a scared running back right now and is not hitting/seeing the hole. I thought he'd a better backup for Gore, maybe he will...
Get rid of the Wildcat!!!!!
Allen Rossum has lost a step or two, im sorry he has.
I know Gore should be okay for the Minnesota game but I would consider activating Kory Sheets and giving him a carrie or two to see what he can do. He certainly has a differen't style/speed than Coffee and Gore and it would have to make the oppossing defenses take notice.
Overall: Again I like this team, we play smart, sound football. Not many penalty's, we don't turn the ball over and now our defense gets turnovers. Were in a good posistion right now being 2-0 and beating Seattle and Arizona. I've been saying for weeks I think the Minnesota game is the only game im going into thinking we will lose, just because it is there home opener, it will be very loud and im not sure we matchup well against the Vikings, esspecially with the Williams boys in the middle. That being said we will compete and we will give the Vikings a game. Looking ahead though, even if we lose to Minnesota Im confident we will beat the Rams at home the following week going 3-1, setting up a good game vs Atlanta at home and if we can win that game we will be 4-1 going into the bye.
What do you think?