Originally posted by HowardStern:
Already been done. The year after Alex took us to a 7-9 record, he started 2-0. Bertrand Berry sat on his shoulder, and the rest is history.
Props to Hill for winning more convincingly. He has a more talented team around him, to be fair though.
Alex is talented & has a lot of upside. I hate how much venom people have for him in the Bay.
I'm not sure if were thinking of the same season, but the 7-9 record was in '06 and we were 1-1 thru the first two weeks. '07 we went 2-0, then lost in week 3 at Pittsburgh and in week 4 Rocky Bernand of Seattle put all 375 lbs of himself right on Smith's shoulder...
Back to the subject. I think it would've been the same 2-0. I think we also need to put things in perspective. Our D is playing exceptionally well, we have a better, simplified offense tailored around are current personnel that actually is less of a scoring offense and more of a time control offense to help our D (much like the Ravens' blue print) right now and we played two teams clearly being hampered by injuries.
We'll see what happens when we play Min. a true early test to see what we have either gained or lost in the offseason.
***To add to that Raven's blue print. I believe that Alex Smith is the better option in the future. The Raven's scheme is pretty much the same, there not asking Flacco to throw 40 times, they're relying heavily on the run and using play action and the deep ball to balance the offense out. Mainly what the Ravens are trying to do is keep their defense fresh throughout the game.
IMO (which amounts to just that, my opinion) I think that Singletary, McCloughan, Raye and Mike Johnson (QB coach) are trying to still build around Alex (and to a greater extent, Nate Davis) with the offensive scheme, the personel changes and actually giving a fair competition in the preseasson, while trying to stay competitive and in games with Hill (which is mistake free football.) Right now Singletary is trying to right the ship that Nolan tried to navigate, but utterly failed because Nolan was looking for a quick fix for a lot of things.
After all is said and done, we are still 2-0 and like Singletary, unless Hill starts showing us that he can lose games for us, let the kid ball.