Balance is the key to winning long term in the NFL. Sure, you may get a SB win, but if you're not a balanced team, you won't last long (see the Rams as a prime example).
Look at the Patriots during the 07 season. They gave up 21 sacks the whole season (that's about 30 less then what the 49ers average), and Brady was hardly touched all year. The Patriots O-line didn't give up more then 3 sacks a game until the Super Bowl.
Get to the Super Bowl and the Giants pretty much destroyed the Pats o-line. They gave up 5 sacks and the Patriots were held to below 20 points for the first time all season. That's not taking into account the times Brady was hit after a throw or when the Giants hurried him to throw a pass.
A QB like Brady fell apart when his o-line failed.
The 07 Patriots were not a balanced football team. Same with the Rams (look at how quick that fell apart).
49ers fans, for some unknown reason, seem to think that the o-line isn't important. Just plug the QB in there and everything will be good. Hogwash. Do you think Montana and Young would have been as good as they were if they didn't have the line in front of them that they did. Do you think the Cowboys would have won 3 Super Bowls if they didn't have the line they did.
That's what 49ers have been brainwashed into thinking. Just replace the QB and everything will be good. No team in this league will win when their sack totals look like this
04: 52 sacks
05: 48 sacks
06: 35 sacks
07: 55 sacks
08: 55 sacks
09: 40 sacks
That's 285 sacks over a 6 season span. Oh, and btw, the 49ers lowest sack total during that stretch was when Alex took every offensive snap (just throwing that out)
You can't just expect to replace the QB and expect the team to win. That's the point Singletary was trying to make. That's the point the majority of 49ers fans are failing to comprehend.
The QB is just one part of the overall team. Every player on both offense and defense has to do their part for the team to succeed. That's why its called a team sport, not an individual sport
[ Edited by linkboy on Apr 26, 2010 at 08:27:13 ]