In other words, this loss to Tennessee was all about the lack of player execution. I've often been harsh in evaluating the coiaching, but not this time. Both offensive and defensive game plans seemed sound to me.
Four turnovers from the QB position is losing football - plain and simple. And make no mistake, this was a devastating loss for the Niners 2009 season hopes and aspirations.
I didn't expect to see many deep passes from the Niner offense, given the injured state of the Niner OL going into this game, but I did expect the game plan to show more passing on the early downs, and it did. Gore got his 20-25 touches, if you include all the screens and swing passes. Vernon Davis was justifiably targeted on 7-8 throws. Jason Hill's re-appearance was a most pleasant surprise. Isaac Bruce, meet Wally Pipp. The OL blocked well enough most of the time, but the QB turnovers were just brutal and trumped all of the good things.
Defensively, the player intensity level in the defensive secondary just seemed off from the time of Johnson's very first carry for 14 yards. Nothing wrong with the scheme, which had to concern itself with Young's running, but when did Justin Gage become an All-Pro WR?
No, I'm not going to hang this one on the coaches or McCloughan. This was an out-and-out player execution embarassment, especially by the QB. How hard is it for these guys to spell F-I-N-I-S-H?