Originally posted by FL9er:
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.
The national pundits are saying what they're saying for 2 reasons...(1) the 49ers have had 6 straight losing seasons; and (2) they view Hill as a journeyman QB. Nationally, the 49ers players in general are viewed as "overachieving" because it is generally the same group of players that has failed to win. So, until they prove week in and week out that they're "for real," they are going to be looked at as overachievers.
Your comment that the 49ers have to play the way they do because they have less talent and can't play teams "straight-up" is confusing. The 49ers DO play teams straight-up. They may play teams more "straight-up" than any team in the NFL. It is straight at you, beat your man over 60 minutes football. They don't try to trick anyone. Their goal is just to out execute the other team. That is playing the other team straight-up. The Dolphins creating the "Wildcat offense" last year after starting 0-2 and running a bunch of trick plays is not playing the opponent straight-up. The 49ers dabble in the wildcat a little but 99% of the time they are probably the epitome of playing their opponent straight-up.
Hill isn't going to lose the perception that he's an overachieving journeyman QB until if/when he wins a SB and/or puts up big numbers and goes to the Pro Bowl a few times. Until he can prove otherwise, he is basically a younger version of Jeff Garcia in his 49er days.