Originally posted by dald1:
Originally posted by BobS:
Unfortunately the Cardinals shook their Super Bowl hangover sooner than we all wished. The Niners chance of getting to the play-offs hinges more on the ineptness of their division rivals than their own abilities.
how? they are not nearly running on all cylinders
Singletary, with all those years of having average-at-best QBs, is brainwashed into thinking that the QB isn't supposed to win you games. What he doesn't realize is that we aren't in 1985 anymore. QB is the most important position on the field, and a good one can erase many of the problems you're having. Steve Young masked how bad our OL was for many, many years. This team has to do much more than it's doing offensively to win games.
Anyway, I think whether or not we make the playoffs hinges on us, and only us. Arizona is probably going to go 9-7 or 10-6. We know this. It's up to us now. Do we want to hang around in games and hope our defense somehow finds a way to win it in the end? Do we want to win just enough games to hang around with Arizona, and hopefully beat St. Louis and Detroit the last 2 weeks of the season to win the NFC West? Or are we going to play to win and attack teams? I really think that we need that killer instinct as a team. If we play like we're playing to win, we'll win. If we play scared and not to lose, we'll lose. I really think it's that simple.
Hill, or whoever is at QB, must work with an opened-up offense. Of course, the OL has to play better. The protection has to get better. More holes have to open up for Gore and Coffee. We have a lot of weapons now with Crabtree out there. There really isn't an excuse as to why we shouldn't be putting up points. So if our offense struggles the next 3 or 4 weeks, something must be done. Hill has to be benched. Raye has to be fired. Something's gotta give, because we can't just sit back and pray for a miracle. Arizona is going to take this division unless we're aggressive, because they sure as hell are.
I still think we'll win the NFC West, but it isn't going to be as easy as we thought.