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This one is on the players, not the coaches

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?
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Originally posted by jimbagg:
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?

If you seen the Robinson report last week, you'd be surprised how hard it just may be .
The defense played terribly. Haralson should've had the stop on CJ on the 4th and goal play. It's just... ugh, it was a rough game. When that happened I just felt like there was no way we'd win.
yeah...besides the those back to back Robinson plays..... I really like our playcalling today.

we went for it on 4th down....and we tried to pass the ball when we were in the Red Zone to get a TD instead of a FG......but we missed the passes and had to settle for a field goal.
Originally posted by chico49erfan:
The defense played terribly. Haralson should've had the stop on CJ on the 4th and goal play. It's just... ugh, it was a rough game. When that happened I just felt like there was no way we'd win.

Haralson had a good angle....and almost got him.... there is a reason Johnson is considered one of the best in the league and Parys is unknown.

Johnson just did what he has been doing all year....using his crazy speed and vision to make a big play.
So... it makes a difference when you've just lost 4 in a row?? Seasons over, who cares...
I agree, missed tackles killed us, especially when CJ got that td.
100% agree. Only thing i blame on coaching/front office is the debacle known the Niners special teams returns.
Originally posted by Afrikan:
Originally posted by chico49erfan:
The defense played terribly. Haralson should've had the stop on CJ on the 4th and goal play. It's just... ugh, it was a rough game. When that happened I just felt like there was no way we'd win.

Haralson had a good angle....and almost got him.... there is a reason Johnson is considered one of the best in the league and Parys is unknown.

Johnson just did what he has been doing all year....using his crazy speed and vision to make a big play.



Surprised that this is getting lost in the mayhem that is NT. Wait, nevermind.


Ha ha what do we have now MIKE we sure dont have winners
I agree. But the defensive game plan did not seem as good as last week.
Originally posted by grizzlyadams:
I agree. But the defensive game plan did not seem as good as last week.

It wasn't the game plan it was the execution. 4th and inches on the Goal line and if Haralson took the correct angle and stops CJ they don't score a TD there. Thats just one key example.
Originally posted by grizzlyadams:
I agree. But the defensive game plan did not seem as good as last week.

DL seemed stout. All 3 starting DL had multiple stops behind the line of scrimmage. Willis was everywhere at MIKE. Tennessee didn't get much inside. Haralson had a highly noticable missed tackle, but also had some very solid plays. But the secondary just seemed to be playing a man short all the time. Spencer and Brown both seemed off their games. Goldson rarely showed-up on my TV screen. Michael Lewis was always chasing a faster man - not a good thing. The defensive player deficiency seemed to be primary in the secondary.
blame that on McClueless for doing nothin in free agency.
Both teams have great running backs.....Theirs had 25 carries....Ours 15

Both teams have a 1st round bust at QB.....Theirs threw 19 times....Ours 45 times


So the players call the plays?