Originally posted by danimal:
It always bewilders me how often coaches use that term and it gets regurgitated by media and fans
Not Prepared? BULLs**t. Preparing is exactly what you did all week long. I mean its not like Coach went off on vacation and a bunch of players called in sick.
Its like, if I challenged Pacquiao to a fight, and trained my ass off for 3 months, got the worlds best trainers and a highly qualifed corner. Then ding ding, I am knocked out in 15 seconds.....would you accept that I lost because I was not prepared??
I like Sing and everything but I have always thought this is a lame excuse. The Niners WERE prepared, they tried their best and lost
Completely disagree, especially with the last statement. You must really think Atlanta is the second coming if you think they got the Niners best effort on Sunday.
Don't get me wrong, I think the Niners have been way overhyped prior to this last game. But they definitely are NOT as bad as they showed.
They got zero pressure on Ryan. Why? I do not know. But one thing I do know is they were NOT putting forth their best effort in combination with a poor gameplan with even poorer execution. They were getting burned in coverage also combined with numerous mental mistakes. This shows a genuine lack of preparation.
The o-line was getting pushed around by a d-line with only marginally better talent. Our o-line played 10 times better against perhaps the best d-line in the league in the Vikings. It was not their best effort, although I am worried about this unit. Once again, preparation FAIL.
Shaun Hill was overthrowing and underthrowing balls all day long. Not a typical showing. It did not look to me like Bruce was giving him much help either. Coffee also contributed to the mental mistakes on offense.
Special teams also put forth a mistake-riddled performance. Nedney obviously did not have his head in the game as he kicked off out of bounds and missed an easy field goal. And extremeley poor kick coverage, except one. Mental mistakes.
And I know for an absolute fact that we can stop the run way better than we did. Fact is, they ran when we thought they were going to pass, and vice versa. We looked like total rookies out there and it reflected poor preparation and worse execution.
I'm not even going to touch the Bly thing and the poor use of timeouts. Had we not screwed that up, momentum could have shifted and the game may have turned out differently. Mental mistakes have not been very prevelant with this years team, but they definitely were against the Falcons. I doubt anything like this will happen again, at least not to this extreme.
And comparing the ultimate team sport to the ultimate individual sport further invalidates your point.
I don't see how anyone can say with a straight face that the Niners were prepared for this game.