Originally posted by WINiner:
Originally posted by GEEK:
Reasons why we will make the playoffs in 2010:
Continuity on offense:
- While our general offensive unit may statistically impress, individual players have done a great job in Raye's system. Specifically, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, and Michael Crabtree have been consistently impressive throughout the season. An additional offseason in the same system should allow this offense to finally take the next step forward.
Alex Smith's continued development:
- I think it's fair to say that Raye's offensive system is basically a dumb down version of Norv Turner's 49er offense, which is great for Alex Smith to digest and acclimate to the scheme. With the three main weapons signed on to the team for many years to come, Smith will have the opportunity to further develop the chemistry he has with these players, and the comfortably he has in the scheme.
Improvements of the O-line:
- If we can mimic the success the Panthers have had at their O-line, we have a chance to develop a potent and powerful rushing attack. This will help establish the pass, and lead to TOP victories
Alex has regressed to what he was in the last few weeks. It's too bad, I like the kid, but he's just not the 1 imo.
It is too bad. Many have all but given up on him. I feel like he is not improving each week, but honestly, what better option out there is there for QB? I expect a similar 8-9 win season in 2010, unless one of two things happen...
a) Our defense really steps up and plays consistently enough to keep the niners in games. This could happen with some key FA pickups or draft pickups. We can't afford for both sides of the ball to be average...
b) Dramatic Oline improvement, meaning new coaching, players, or all of the above. I can't figure out the huge discrepancy there is from week to week. I believe Alex is good enough to carry a team, but really needs a killer Oline to succeed. He does not consistently make plays when nothing is there, as some QBs have a knack to do.
Since our D is improving, I think option A is more feasible, where as long as our offense doesn't screw up too much, we could improve to a better than .500 record.