This was an odd game for me. Normally I am engaged in the game and really emotionally into the outcome. I had this feeling for about 1 quarter. Then something happened. Instead of getting mad when things started to f**k up, I started to laugh. I grew up during the latter days of Montana and the emergence of Young. I think i just finally learned how to deal with a losing organization. Here is my summary of what happened by position:
DBs: What can you say about our secondary besides terrible. Seattle came in with no real threats, yet were able to burn us for 2 TDs and a set up a 1 yard Hassellback TD run. You cannot jump routes like Clements and Brown did. Brown's was particularly inexcusable as he had no safety help. Clements could have also gotten burned on his INT if Matt went deep instead of throwing to Carlson. Except for a few unnecessary hits, our safeties did not make any hard hits or plays for the ball. Seattle's WR were receving cleanly, making moves, and getting up field.
D-Line: Good Job for the most part. They didn't get any pressure on Hasselback but in a 3-4, that is not neccessarily their jobs. They were solid against the run as usualy and forced Seattle to go pass happy, which we failed to stop. Special shout out to J. Smith the "Cowboy," as the announcer called him. He was playing like one, as he hog tied Justin Forcett on numerous occassions. He was the only one applying any kind of pressure on the QB.
LBs: Aside from Willis, an OK performance by this unit. They did not get to the QB and Laboy allowed Hasselback to get around him for a TD run. That is unacceptable. The coverage on Carlson was good. P Willis needs to get his guys more jacked up.
OL: Terrible OL play. They could not move the Seattle line and got punished on pass protection. Davis was playing like a rookie out there and got burnt a few times. He almost caused a Smith fumble when his man shot through unfazed. No push up the middle. When we needed two yards, we got two inches. They knew we were running, stacked the box, and dared Smith to beat us.
WRs: All these guys had a bad game except for VD. Crabtree was nowhere to be seen. His lack of practice has is obvious. This is not the NBA....you need to PRACTICE. Smith's timing with his other WR's were off. Morgan needs to come down with that TD catch. Ginn was getting open but Smith couldn't hit him.
QB: For all the Smith lovers, you just witnessed what excellent QB play can do for your team. With a f**ked up offensive line, s**tty WRs, and a whack RB core, Hasselback was able to jam it down our throats three times. No Hassalbackxcuses there. Yeah, Clements jumped him for the 1st pick, but burned us twice later in the game. Smith did not finish drives. The pass to morgan was overthrown, as usual. Morgan made a hell of a catch but you have to help him with a more accurate throw. The throw to Norris was terrible. Anyone who says otherwise needs to watch it again. All smith has to to is pass is straight to Norris. Instead, he lobs it over his head. Smith missed a wide open Ginn for a TD. Rodgers hit Jennings on the exact same route in his with a perfect pass. Smith was constantly overthrowing guys, rolling out for no reason, and checking down to gore before going through his reads.
Coaching: The staff let our boys down. They were grossly unprepared for this game. It almost looked as if our players didn't know what to do, especially on offense. We wasted all of our timeouts because we had timing issues. What if we needed to challenge a critical play? We would be f**ked like the ATL game last year. I was tempted to start an unneccessary timeout thread. I just might have to do it. Same problem last year was not addressed. Jimmy Raye needs to stop with this run first bulls**t. I think he can't because he is aware that Smith sucks. Why didn't they draft Clausen?
This was a all aronud bad game which was topped off by horrendous QB play. Everyone I know, bot niner fans and non niner fans, all the experts, and all the analysts say that Smith is garbage. I can't understand why our staff cannot see this......
ST: Nothing to brag about here except for Lee's punting. They failed to down punts, no great returns, and sketchy coverage. Nedney looks to be ready for the field goal fest that will take place this year. Ginn looks scared out there.
All is not lost. We still have time to turn it around. Maybe Smith's brain will learn to throw on target and we can go deep into the playoffs. As of now, even when we win, it is going to be a nail biter. DO NOT expect many blowouts if any. Next week's game will be a good one. I think our niners will come out firing and surprise some people, especially after getting slaughtered in Seattle.
[ Edited by Young2Rice on Sep 13, 2010 at 02:08:33 ]