Originally posted by kem99:Originally posted by tmg808:
Well as a fan, I love the 49ers, I keep up with who's on the team, my day is a little gloomier when they lose. I don't think I ever feel angry or tricked at the team with a close loss but I do feel let down. But being let down by something I love doesn't logically lead to anger..
While reading and hearing the media it often excites worse feelings towards the team. When I hear the local media on the radio and read there articles, the criticism coming from the local writers often seem a little harsh in comparison to what I felt right after the game. Usually any mistake made during the game will be published and highlighted no matter the effect it had on the final outcome of the game.
This being said I really feel the media leads the fans to feel bad about the 49ers and leads the players they question after every loss to feel thats the focus from everyone for there failures is there shortcomings. I am not making saying it controls but effecting the teams focus through the year. Wears on there own perception.
Football being a sport where teams ride the energy and you get a different team in the super bowl every year, I feel that the media probably plays a major part in consistent winners. When I look at Tom Brady and the Patriots, they are praised by there local media. When you look at Kobe Bryant and the Lakers you have writers like JA Adande that write great articles about the team and defends why they should be looked at the best team before mid season last year. Nobody writes about how bad Brady looked against the Giants in the Super bowl. Adande didn't focus on the struggles that Kobe and the Lakers had against the Celtics. What they did write about is why it wouldn't happen again, and reason why people shouldn't worry about those failures.
Then you look at the 49ers and a player in my eyes is doing no wrong, Patrick Willis. All I hear about from Patrick Willis is I wish he had a better game in Green Bay. Patrick Willis played at a level last week that was as dominate as any defensive performance I have seen in the league this year. Not one article written about it. The media treats every failure the 49ers have as a here we go again scenario. (That has to rub off on the players) The media doesn't treat Patrick Willis like he is something to build off of but rather that he suppose to do that.
This all being said I blame the media, I blame the media for the negative perception they put on the players and the fans of everything that goes wrong with the 49ers. I am not sure if this is because the York's do not take good care of the media like DeBartolo had, but in the media around here the glass is always half empty.
Wade Phillips got ripped this week and his team is 8-4.
Kobe and the Lakers were ripped by the LA media when they lost to the Celtics in the finals 2 years ago and until last year there were constant questions about whether Kobe could win a title without Shaq.
There hasn't really been much to criticize Brady and the Pats about. Belichek certainly took his share on the 4th down call against the Colts.
There were critics in the media even during the 49er's run from 1981 to 1998 and somehow those teams managed to carry on and do well.
Its not the media's job to prop up the players. Its their job to report what happens and why. What do you want them to do...write that its okay the team had to call a time out before the first play? Or. that it was a good call to try the reverse on the punt return when they had control of the game early?
Willis had a good game on Sunday but not a dominant one. He didn't have a sack. He didn't force a turnover. Yes, he had 16 tackles but ultimately those types of performances get lost when the team loses a game it had to win and does so to a team it should be able to beat.
I am not asking the media for sympathy but why is the new Coach treated like he had losing years 7 years in a row?? This is his first season, he failed to make the playoff's but had an opportunity to until week 14?? When was the last time you could say that??? 7 years ago. I am not asking to praise him for that, but I am saying we don't have to put him up on a stake either.
Forced fumbles aren't something you just do, it happens if there isn't ball security. There wasn't sack because he was in coverage the whole game, which he shut down the middle, Carlson didn't have any big catches. He did everything he could with the job he was given and he did everything at a high level. Every stop he made was near the line of scrimmage, He was dominate.