Originally posted by BHulman:
Originally posted by kem99:
It is pretty clear that the 49ers were not prepared to play. Did the coaches prepare a gameplan they thought was a good gameplan? I'm sure they thought so. Did the players work hard during the week? I'm sure they did or at least thought they did. Did they come out flat? No question. Did they not react well when it started to unravel? Absolutely.
The truth is no team in the NFL is 35 points better than any other team in the NFL and the Falcons on the road are certainly are not 35 points better than the 49ers at home. That's why the "we were not prepared" explanation has some merit. You only have to watch the 49ers prior 4 games to know that they did not "try their best" against Atlanta. If that was their best, you would have seen it against the Vikings as well and the game would not have come down to the last play. It would have been worse than last Sunday.
Begs the question, why the hell weren't they prepared?
Certainly a fair question, which is what Singletary is essentially acknowledging (i.e. clear the team wasn't prepared, the coaches need to take responsibility for that as do the players). With that said, its not like this only happens to the 49ers. Its part of the NFL's "any given Sunday" one team can beat another. For that matter, lets not forget that midway through the 2nd quarter, it was a 14-10 game, the 49ers had just recovered a fumble and had the ball on the Falcons 30 yard line. Unfortunately, Hill then got sacked, the 49ers had to punt instead of trying a FG and it snow-balled from there starting with White's 90 yard catch and run and by the end of the half it was 35-10. Just shows how quickly an NFL game can turn. If they kick a FG and its 14-13, the entire complexion of the game may have changed...or they might have lost 45-13 instead....