Originally posted by leakyfausett:
I think we were 7-9 last year and right now we are 7-8 so if we don't win tomorrow we will have the same record. The offense went from 23rd to 29th and the defense is allowing more yards per game but less points per game so that is like a stalemate. Were is this progression that some are talking about? If we win in Stl we will hae improved our record by 1 game and stats wise gone nowhere. I not saying we suck but 7 years is a long time to be 8-8 or worse.
Over the past eight NFL seasons, 14 teams have reached the playoffs after winning five games or fewer the year before. Just look at last year. Baltimore, Atlanta and Miami each reached the playoffs after finishing last in their divisions in 2007. All three had new coaches in 2008
2008 Baltimore 11-5 5-11
2008 Atlanta 11-5 4-12
2008 Miami 11-5 1-15
2007 Washington 9-7 5-11
2007 Tampa Bay 9-7 4-12
2006 New York Jets 10-6 4-12
2006 New Orleans 10-6 3-13
2005 Chicago 11-5 5-11
2005 Tampa Bay 11-5 5-11
2004 San Diego 12-4 4-12
2004 Atlanta 11-5 5-11
2003 Dallas 10-6 5-11
2001 New England 11-5 5-11
2001 Chicago 13-3 5-11
Quick turnarounds happen more than people think but is has been very slow in Niner land. We have been Laying the Foundation for 7 years now.
I agree that we haven't done a good job of turning it around, I blame the owners the most for that, then GM.
But to say that this team has barely improved is an over statement. You are reading way into just one single stat line. Your saying that our defense is the same as last year? because they allow more yards? sorry, last time I checked the game is won/lost by points on the scoreboard, not how many yards one team allowed.
The reason why we are allowing more yards, is because we have a more dominant run defense, so teams tend to throw more against us, than previous years. Passing Yards > Rushing Yards. We are one of the best teams in 3rd down conversions against, and that is a huge stats, compared to last year. Our T.O ratio hasn't been this good for a long time, either. How about Sacks? How about QB's pressure's? We vastly improved in that area.
Our offense, we actually had some blow out wins, which also hasn't happened in a long time (not last year). The reason why this offense has dropped in ranking, is because we don't have Martz calling pass every time; once againt Passing Yards > Rushing Yards. When was the last time we had a receiver with over 10 TD's? This offense is better than last year's offense, since it doesn't turn the ball over as much, and still puts up some points (although, I agree that our offense still has to improve).
The only game last year that makes you bash your head, is the game against AZ on MNF, beside that we didn't really give our self a shot to a win other games.
Can you honestly say that last year, this team could have gone up against Indy, and held Peyton to 0 TD's and 18 points? Or shut down Peterson, and Favre, beside a last minute miracle? or get 7 TO's in two different games?
Turn the TV on, watch Niners football, and put the espn stat book away, it's more than just that.