Originally posted by ginseng1000:Originally posted by Marvin49:
This is not a doom and gloom post. What happened yesterday does not spell the end of the season and it doe snot represent what the niners are this year.
However, through 5 games there have been a few patterns.
1) O-Line. I don't know whats up with this one. I actually like the players, so I dunno if I'm just wrong about the talent, If its something that can be fixed with existing personell, or if its a scheme issue. They seem to have trouble in BOTH pass protection and in run blocking. For this team to improve, this is the #1 unit that needs to improve.
2) Coffee. I dunno if its just because he's a rookie, or if he doesn't have the talent to make it, but even when the line makes a hole, Coffee seems unable to find it. It could be that he just lacks the field vision to find the hole or it could be that its all kinda to big for him now and he's playing timid. I'm not writing the guy off, not by a long shot, but SOMETHING isn't clicking with him.
3) WRs. This one may get a boost with Crabtree, but the WR core seems to have alot of trouble getting separation. Seeing Morgan get caught so easily from behind yesterday may explain why...he just doesn't seem all that quick in and out of his breaks and he doesn't have much speed. Bruce is showing his age.
4) Hill. He has been a big reason the team was ALMOST 4-0, but he has some problems that need to be addressed in the future. I like Hill and I'm not suggesting replacing him, but this team really needs to look at this position in the future. I like Nate Davis so maybe thats the future (and his best friend on the team is Crabtree...hmmm...), or maybe that means a guy not yet on the team, but I just don't see Hill as the long term answer. I'll love to see him stick tho and the #2.
5) Pass Rush. The 49ers have been able to manufacture a pass-rush through scheme, but at some point thats going to come back to haunt them...like it did yesterday. They still need a true big time pass-rusher.
None of these are earthshattering and aren't new, but if just a few of these could be resolved, this team really can contend. Even after yesterday, I think this is a playoff team...they just got kicked in the teeth.
1) I agree that we need to address the OLine either by draft or FE next year. I think we are seeing the effects of Scotty gambling on Marvel Smith (who retired). And we ended up sticking Synder in there with street bum Tony Pashos.
2) I am actually not against the idea of Kory Sheets competing with Coffee for the #2 spot. Coffee is a between the tackles type runner, where as Kory seems more like a change of pace back from Gore. I still think we give Kory Sheets and Glenn Coffee a chance to compete for #2. This is okay. I dont think we need to bring in someone else as long as we have Gore, coffee and sheets. I say we let go of M Robinson and activate Kory Sheets.
3) Okay..IMHO, Morgan is only a #2 guy. We really don't have a true #1 guy. When I say #1 caliber, I am talking about guys like Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, TO, Moss, Roddy White, etc? Man Roddy White does have some serious speed. Will Crabtree become a #1 guy? Only time will tell....but for some reason, I am not sold on Crabtree just because he lacks size and speed...
4) Hill is only a game manager IMHO. He's not a game changer or a franchise QB. You compare him to guys like Brees, Rivers, Matt Ryan, Ben R, etc...Hill just doesn't cut it. You cant expect to be dominant in the run game or short passing game if the opposing teams doesn't fear your long or 20+ yard passes plays...
I really do not think Shaun Hill or A Smith will be the long term solution.
I think we should give Nate Davis a shot next year.....and also draft someone. But i would like to see Nate Davis given a chance....he seems to have all the tools and skillsets (aside people claiming that he's dumb).
5) I am actually satisfied with our pass rush but I do agree that it was non exsistant in the Altanta game. Dunno what happened there. We still need a dominant DT.
Just a comment on your Crabtree comment...
I'm not saying he's a sure fire great player, but I don't think he lacks size or speed.
No, he's not 6'5" and he doesn't run a 4.3 40, but he's 6'1" and a half and 215 lbs. Jerry Rice was never considered small and he was 1/2 an inch taller and 15 pounds lighter.
As for speed, its the most overrated attribute to a WR. My Concern with Morgan is that he lacks speed AND quickness. The quickness is the important one.
I think Crabtree will be just fine.