Yes, I know some of you QB boys are going on and on about how horrible Alex or Shaun has been and why one is better than the other and we need a new one, blah, blah, blah. This sounds just as familiar as those who were dying for better receivers and that would suddenly make the team better while many of you said "we can address the lines in the 4th round."
Your chickens have come home to roost, I've been saying this since February:
The 49ers season will depend upon play at the LOS, regardless of who they have at the skill positions.
Again, another 1-6 team set an example of when the OL is not even great, just DECENT and you have a couple of good players, you can beat teams that have poor LOS play. What do I mean? Rewind the tape:
Compare how long Young even before scrambling had time to throw to his WR.
Now compare how long ANY of the QBs have had ALL SEASON to throw.
Compare their DE using, abusing and beating our OTs - yes even ones not named Simms. Now compare how our LBs pass-rushers supposedly did the same thing.
TRENCH PLAY. Why don't the 49ers have any turnovers when they really need them against decent teams? Trench play. Why do the 49ers have the worst 3rd down conversion rate in the league? Trench play. Outside of 3 long runs in which he manufactures most on his own, why do the 49ers have problems running? Trench play. Why isn't this bend don't break defense that seem to have lost the ability for big plays? You guessed it - trench play.
This isn't a negative post but I hope one that refocuses the debate on where it needs to be; rather than creating another Hill v Smith thread, or talk about how this one player or that one player is responsible for the team's loss, until this team gets serious about a pass-rusher and protection/run-blocking, it will continue to struggle against teams who can do that.
This isn't about Free Alex or start Hill or "let's see what Davis can do." It's about the turn style on the OL and about the inconsistent pass-rush that has continually haunted this team for years.
For some reason this continues to elude the 49ers.
GOOD, CONSISTENT TRENCH PLAY.
[ Edited by NinerGM on Nov 9, 2009 at 09:12:45 ]