This year, ehh, all of a suden is totally 50-50 if we make the playoffs. I think it will most likely by decided if we can beat arizona on Monday night.
But all of a sudden the future looks good. We have a well coached, well motivated, young and tallented defense. We have multiple potential stars on the offense (Crabtree, Gore, VD) to give the ball too. Our special teams should not be bad enough to lose us games (alothough you could argue that it has now twice this season).
Sure over the offseason if we picked up a viable right takle, or a left takle and shift Staley back to the left our offense would be instantly better. Sure a Quarterback in the first round would be great for down the road (depending on how Alex Smith does the rest of the season, of coarse) and a bonafide pass rusher would instantly turn our good but not great defense into a top 5 dominating defense. But what we need most is a good OC.
More and more, the NFL is becoming so much to do about scheming. You really think Orton is any individually better than he was in Chicago? It's all McDaniels and the scheme he brought with him from NE. The way we rack up delay of games, illigal formations and burn timeouts early in quarters can be attributed to a questionably coached offense. We look lost in the no huddle and a two minute offense. Missed blocking assignments and incorect routes are also all simptoms of a poorly coached offense.
Also, I can't help but notice the play calling won't change when it isn't working until we are down three scores. We all know Frank Gore is a very good maybe great runner, but even he can't run with no one blocking. Try maybe passing in the first quarter on a first down or two to open up the run. Our Oline just really isnt good enough to set up the "run to set up the pass" offense that we envision our offense being.
Our head coach gets players to care and will not tollerate any of the BS that goes on in so many lockerrooms around the NFL, but a Xs and Os genious he is not, especially on offense. We need someone who implement a good scheme with the appropriate blend of hard running, mid range passing and maybe even the occational long pass or trick play.
Jimmy Raye was a safe pick for OC, but we really have to see if we can pick up a bonafideNFL cordinator this offseason.