Originally posted by susweel:
Most of the people on this site seem to think that we have a very good chance at making the playoffs in 2010. I just dont see it, not with this group of players and coaches. With this group of players and coaches 8-8 and maybe 9-7 if all the stars align correctly.
QB play, Alex Smith just cannot get the job done and its been proven over and over. He is very inaccurate on the deep throws which you need because you cant always go on 15 play drives. He sucks on the third downs and also in fourth quarters when the game is on the line. Those things are crucial in winning close games.
We can't win on the road. We only won one game this year on the road and that was the first game against Arizona. This is a completely different team on the road, especially on defense.
The defense is good and not great. They are especially good at home lately but on the road they play below average and never get crucial stops when we need them. This defense needs to be great with this offense and this coaching mentality.
This one may shock you but its Mike Singletary. His conservative approach to the game is going to cost us in close games. Every time we get any kind of lead in the second half he immediately starts to shut down the offense and starts trying to run the clock out. With a p***y mentality like that good teams will always come back and beat us, just like in Minnesota.
Our personnel still is not good enough. We lack speed in the secondary, speed at WR and also consistent pass rush, and a good back up running back. Also we know about the Oline.
Scott McClueless every year we go into the off season with glaring needs and every off season he ignores them. So I have no reason to believe that this off season will be any different.
Feel free to add anything if I missed it.
Reason #1 - agreed.
Reason #2 - I don't know if you've noticed or not, but teams change every year. I know that can be said for individual players as well, but I don't see Alex Smith getting much better so I still agree with reason #1.
Just because we couldn't win on the road THIS YEAR doesn't mean we won't be able to next year. Not only will our team be different, others will as well, some for the worst. Continuity is more important than people think and while I think Jimmy Raye is an awful OC, he has shown the willingness to change the gameplans when one is clearly not working. So while I don't think we'll have one of the better offenses next year, I think it will be better than this year because of that continuity and we will be sticking with the same system for the second consecutive year, which will be a first for us over the last 7 or 8 seasons.
Reason #3 - the defense is only going to get better. It is good most of the time, very good some of the time. I agree it's not great, but it will only get better IMO. With even a slightly improved offense, the defense won't need to be GREAT to win games.
Reason #4 - agreed. Singletary's "old school" style doesn't cut it. This is not the 80s and he needs to realize that. He is a great motivator and leader of men, all he needs to do is abandon the philosophies that no longer work.
Reason #5 - agreed, to an extent. Our secondary will be fine if we get a consistent pass rush. We may have found it with Ahmad Brooks. Maybe you've forgotten, but there's something called free agency and another thing they call the NFL Draft, in which we can obtain players to meet our needs.
Reason #6 - yeah, when we needed a CB, what did he do? When we needed a safety, what did he do? When we needed a NT to get our 3-4 defense going, what did he do? When we needed a replacement for Derek Smith and his one-eyed, missed tackle performances, what did he do?
Oh that's right, he got Clements, Michael Lewis, Aubrayo Franklin and Patrick f*cking WILLIS.
Look, I don't like McCloughan myself, but he has addressed needs. He just hasn't addressed the ones you want him to in that particular year. Everyone knows they need to address the O-Line, but he tried that by drafting Staley and Rachal. Just because he didn't address it LAST YEAR doesn't mean he will be opposed to addressing it THIS YEAR. It's obvious we need to address the line this year and as much as I may dislike McCloughan, I don't doubt he will do what needs to be done. There is no reason a guy like Frank Gore shouldn't be running wild in a run-first offense unless the line can't handle it, which McCloughan has to know.