Suicide rate hits all-time high in San Francisco.
Random thoughts amid my shock...
Manusky & defense:
Roman...Jesus Christ...how?...why?...should be on the waiver wire tomorrow (nice blitz though)
Goldson, great game but why were you trailing ROMAN 5 yards behind the WR?
Spencer awesome game all around (thank Goldson for that tip)
Clements, gave up a TD with Willis
Willis, horrible day in coverage today...horrible. Not used to blitz again and great in tackle stats
Brooks, phenomenal play...too bad Manusky only used you for three plays! (8 yard loss, pass defended, good pressures...bench!) WTF?
Lawson, 2 great plays at the end but again, like the last throw by Favre, too little, too late. Time to get Brooks worked in as he's better against the run, diagnosis plays quicker and can actually pass rush (bull rush or speed rush)
Spikes, great game
Haralson, decent pressure today, did good job of containing the edge
Balmer, looked solid
Sopoaga & Franklin, best games over their careers! Sopoaga has become the LDE I thought he could become - Franklin is surprising me and both just need to be consistent but they are gaining confidence
Smith, outstanding today
McDonald, may be his best game as a Niner and is becoming quite a weapon!
D-line, wow, fantastic day against an inspired Peterson...beat up Peterson/Favre all day
Blitz, liked the CB/Safety blitzes! Finally. Played prevent-a-win at the end. I liked the initial game-plan of MAKING Favre beat you and mixing it up when he did beat us. Favre would have retired tomorrow if not for that last throw...he'll be sore tomorrow (see, pain killer addictions)
Bly, nice play but you catch that and take that to the house, the game is over
Team defense, needs to work on covering RB's out of the backfield (and short, WR crossing routes)
Raye & offense:
Raye opened up the playbook more today (3rd week in a row) and then turtled again when it counted despite Hill showing AGAIN that he was hot and can get the job done; the guy has NO feel for the game what so ever and he NEEDS to let Hill call the game at the LOS (he's so smart); audible? Hello! I can tell you every single time when it's a run or pass and where the run is going. Imagine how easy that game is to call from the defensive coordinators perspective! I don't know if he changed his game plan at all when Gore went down
Hill, awesome game despite, what 0-11 on 3rd downs. TURN HILL LOOSE!
O-line, terrible game...every time the RB got the ball, he had to juke 5 guys to get 2 yards. Hill had constant pressure in his face all game (again). Staley, Heitmann...just got pwned. Their defense LIVED in our backfield all day and that was b/c of the play caling b/c Hill made the throws he needed too to back them out of 8-9 in the box but only when the passing plays were called
Fantastic play calling for FINALLY using Davis though and Morgan/Bruce this game
Fullbacks, great games again today
Gore? You were out there in spirit and Coffee played his heart out but when your entire offense is centered around one guy, that's not smart at all
McDonald was awesome today on ST's and QB pressures and Clements owes you a game ball
Then we give up a TD...what a wash!
First series on offense the refs didn't call 2 off-sides by the defense along with some additional piss poor calls (Spencer, Smith). MN is a tough place to play and we took their crowd out often
This was a game we were supposed to loose and should have won. I think we learned a lot about the MOXY of this team that seems to be held back by poor coaching decisions and a "you play the game...not to lose"-perspecive. We generally get crushed on away-games esp. 10:AM PST games. Moxy would be a great word to describe this team today and THAT is encouraging given we lost Gore, both LT & LG and spotted them 10 points
Now that I'm done writing this, I'm doing it!
[ Edited by NCommand on Sep 27, 2009 at 2:38 PM ]