Today was probably the most disgusting Niner game I have ever seen.
I've seen plenty of blowouts and beatings by opposing teams. But what sets this game apart is the fact that we've seen the greatness the Niners are capable of this year. To see them revert to this form is thoroughly disgusting and disheartening given that fact.
This is only one game however. One game does not negate the progress we've made thus far. One game does not take away from the fact that we had one of the most dominating defense in the nfl coming into the game. We've had 4 games where the defense has played awesome and one game where the wheels completely fell off.
Given what we've seen thus far, I consider this game a regression from the mean and not representative of our defense.
So many bad things happened in this game, and they have all been discussed to death so I'm not even going to go into them. But at the end of the game....all this adds up to is one loss.
People can argue that this team isn't any different from the Nolan teams that started out strong and fell apart after the first few games. But this team is different than those previous teams because of 4 reasons:
1. We have tasted success.
The defensive players know what it takes to dominate a ballgame. They've done it in 4 previous games. Under Mike Nolan even when they won the first two games in 2007, they did not dominate. they just barely hung on. This team knows what it takes, they know how they need to prepare. This is the difference between now and two years ago.
2. Singletary has been here before.
Remember the Seattle game after we fired Mike Nolan and the embarrassment we were that game? Well Singletary managed to rally the troops and finish up strong and win the head coaching job. He knows how to reorganize.
3. We have strong leadership
Singletary has been able to get the players to fully believe in his plan. Willis has developed into a big leader on this team. We have a solid veteran leadership core. This team seems too strong to let all the good work go down the drain after one game, unlike in years past where we were a really young team who hadn't ever experienced success at the nfl level.
4. They now know the intensity they need to keep up in order to continue to be a good team.
They expect to win and I think that happened to a fault in this game. For a team unaccustomed to being a winning team, they didn't fully understand all that needed to be done to continue to be a winning team, it seems like they thought they could go on cruise control and the wins would come naturally. Well now they know that the nfl doesn't work like that and I believe they will learn from that.
The most troubling aspect of this game for me was that they seemed to give up after two bad plays in a span of 30 seconds in the 2nd quarter. They seemed to just pack it in afterwards and give up. Even the best teams have moments like this. However these teams fight back, put it behind them and come back. The Niners just rolled over and dig themselves into a deeper hole. This is the msot troubling aspect of this game to me.
This game sucked really hard, however for the above reasons I think this team can come back. This game definitely highlighted some weaknesses, however this is not representative of our team and what they are capable of by any means.
Though this loss may seem like 10 losses worth of suckitude, the beauty of the nfl is that there are still 15 other games to play and this only counts for one loss.