Every time I hear people like Chris Berman say "the 49ers played their hearts out," it gets me thinking.
Are the 49ers "overachieving" or are they really a good team?
Trent Dilfer, who in my opinion is a complete tool, says the 49ers are a good team that might win 9 or 10 games. Don't good teams win more than that?
I know what the 49ers need to become a great team, but hearing people speak you would think Samurai has the team winning games with the Cleveland Browns roster.
If coach is doing more with less, what does that say about McCloughan (who I don't think is a problem)?
How bad was this roster, that 5 years later, the 49ers are at best an 8-8/9-7 team?
As I said before (search the thread title "Why does everyone have a problem with Singletary/Raye's philosophy), it is a talent issue on offense. The 49ers have to play the way they do, because they don't have the talent to beat good/great teams straight up. Sure, Jimmy Raye could be more flexible, but he doesn't have Peyton Manning or the Giants OL.
NinerGM, pointed a flaw that is going to make it tough for the 49ers to be consistent on offense all year, the offensive line. I like many of the players there, and the front office has addressed it, but the OL sucks. They can't run or pass block consistently. That's the problem, not Hill, Raye, or the WRs.
Going forward, assuming Crabtree signs, I think the 49ers have the skill players to play with most teams, but to play this way, you have to have a dominant OL, and by playing a ball control type game, that limits possessions for the opponent, which means they're going to pass more to stay in the game.
I think Nate Davis stacks up with most of the highly touted QBs currently in college, so it's obvious where those 2 #1s should go next year.