Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
~ A playoff team doesn't have 4 / 5 Offensive linemen who can't block. Please show me the last playoff team that has this....
~ Inconsistent pass rush.
~ Bottom ranked offense. Show me an offense ranked this low that makes the playoffs. There is no ability to pass or come from behind. Thus there is very little ability to win against good teams.
~ Lack of GAME BREAKING SPEED. Good teams have game breakers like the Vikings, Saints or Falcons for example in the NFC. They have guys who can take it to the endzone. We have guys who get caught from behind in the open field.
~ Very questionable game day decisions by the coach. Calling a timeout to give a pep rally at the NFL level. I mean come on.... That cost us when Delanies fumble that wasn't a fumble could have been overturned. That's not playoff worthy. Bill Walsh or Jimmy Johnson would never make a move like that.
Singletary as a motivator 10/10 - no questions.
Singletary's game day decisions 4/10.
That doesn't get you deep in the playoffs.
~ A QB that throws a pass like a punt and can't come from behind. Can only "manage" the game to a win if you are up. But will lose if you are down.
Another overrated year. 49ers fans are hungy for a winning program but these factors make us still a rebuilding team. Playoff teams don't have this many holes. Just watch the playoffs the last few years. They don't have this many problems.
I agree that the Oline is our biggest problem. However, I think only 3/5 lineman are struggling horrifically. Heitman and Staley are fine (not world-beaters by any stretch, but doing fine). Baas and Rachal are the biggest problems, with the Snyder/Pashos combo being abused a little less. Frankly, I think a shuffling of the guards would help improve the O-line enough to be pretty passable and reach that 9-7 mark.
Justin Smith has certainly levelled off somewhat from his early season intensity. Hopefully that comes back after a week of rest. Also, it seems McDonald has been banged up. The pass-rush has been a surprise and still needs work, but, again, it hasn't been the weakness we all thought it would be, and I think we can manage it enough to make it effective again.
We certainly need to get better on 3rd downs. Again, that could be rectified through changes in the line. Our ranking will go up accordingly.
Lack of game breaking speed: Josh Cribbs!
But seriously, yes, a big problem with no solution currently on the roster.
Gameday decisions have been a mixed bag. I don't hold the "pep talk" timeouts against Singletary as much as you do. As I said earlier, its a tactic I've seen deployed by other coaches, to varying levels of effect. You gotta blame Coffee for wasting that time out. Or maybe Morgan for slowing down? Or maybe you DO blame Sing for that, because maybe Morgan was tired still from training camp...