Originally posted by ImaMod:
I was very mad at the loss to the Vikings at the moment, but now to think of it it really benefited us a lot, because if we are in the same situation we probably won't do the same mistake again for example:
We might of went for the 1st down in our second to last possession, which would have put the game away, or any small things like that, it gives Singletary who is basically a Rookie head coach knowledge or wisdom, it teaches him what he should do in a situation and how to play situations like that out, you know what I'm saying?
I mentioned in that TOP thread that today's game isn't necessarily such that a team can consistently win, and I really doubt a team can win in the playoffs, relying so much on a running game without some kind of big play capability. Let’s face it, there are times like this past week when we need to be able to get first downs/convert third downs to put the game away, and a 2 yard per rush (roughly speaking) average isn’t going to cut it three times in a row. It’s like playing a prevent defense with the offense, and I hate the prevent defense unless it’s the last play of the game.
There are going to be times when we’re down by a score and need to go 80+ yards in two minutes, like the Dolphins needed to against the Colts two weeks ago. Their offense doesn’t have much of a big play ability and while they moved the ball, they couldn’t get down there quick enough against the Colts' physically exhausted defense. The offensive style we’ve seen from the Niners won’t get it done by the time the clock hits zero either. Unless they do open it up (and successfully at that) at least a little bit, we’re going to lose those games more often than not. I’m glad to see this and hope it actually happens. I’m not asking for a passing game like Colts have, but a decent threat of a big play now and then, and the ability to move the ball in a hurry, or in clutch situations, is sorely needed.