1.) We should have put this game away in the first quarter. We played so much better than them early on and didn't capitalize, we should have been up 14-0 instead of 7-7 early. Sure they got some luck from the officials (who had a sloppy game, whats new?), but we still shoulda had this game.
2.) We can still make the playoffs. I know I'm guna get shot down for this one, and after a loss to a team like Seatle maybe I should be, but if the Cards lose tonight going strictly by the schedules we have a real chance.
If the Cards lose tonight, then we beat them next monday at the 'Stick (which will be no small feat, the Cards are money on the road and latley have straight up been playing better football than us), I expect them to beat the Lams and Detroit but lose to a Packers team that should be playing for their playoff lives. I think there's a good chance the 49ers beat a Eagles team that has been just as inconsistant as us, and then beat the Rams and Lions to hopefully end on a 4 game winning streak. If this all happens, we will be tied at 9-7 with the Cards and go through on tie breakers.
3.)I'm still behind Mike Singleterry and think he is a fine coach and can grow into agreat one, but he has to learn how to stop this sloppy football. When a team uses 3 timeouts in the frist quarter, has a defensive play with 10 men on the field and makes a stupid special teams turnover there is only the coach to blame.
Sing has some leadership and motivational qualities that cannot be taught, but needs to be tuaght certain other game managment skills that he is lacking at this point. He needs to use the rest of this year, especially if we don't make the playoffs, to ready himself for next year.
4.)People need to lay off Frank Gore. It's great we have other wepons now on offense and Alex Smaith is starting to play a little bit like (knock on wood) the first round pick we spent on him, but just becuase Frankie isn't putting up numbers he has in the past doesn't mean it's time to cut or bench him.
Gore has had nothing to run behind this season, and I would argue when he does have any holes this season he is the most explosive we have ever seen him. He is faster than I have ever seen him before (in past years has always been cuaght from behind on long runs, not this year).
He is argueably the best blocking back in the league and can catch the ball as well as any HB in the league. Recently he has not heard his number called and when he does he has no daylight to run too, both things that you can't blame on Gore himself.
The fumble today was very unfortunate, but still compared to past seasons he is actually holding the ball more securely.
It would be too bad if he doesn't get his 1,000 yards on the ground for a 4th consecutive year like what's looking like is going to happen, but he is not to blame for this and he is still the Frank Gore we know and love.
Hopefully over the offseason we get Alex more comfortable under center and get our young Oline to relize some of their run blocking potential (on paper we have a bunch of mualers), and then next season we would have a chance to have a more ballanced offensive attack.