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Coaching Wasn't Nearly as Bad as You Think!

I agree with the OP but there were some bad coaching calls too. The blame doesn't fall on no one individual but a variety of them.
Hey, in another thread , "i never thot i'd say this but....our coaches aren't smart enough, or can't think fast enough on their feet to be successful". That's harsh, that's ugly, but sadly, that's the truth. What was our single worst sin last yr? Not getting the plays in on time, forcing alex to rush to the line, with no chance to change the play (and many of us saw many plays that were DOA before the snap---alex must have seen that too). Face it, you do it once, it's a distraction. Do it twice and it's unforgiveable,(and the team is beginning to wonder, does HC and OC have their schidt together). Do it third time and you take 4 pts off the board from the 6 inch line. Do it again, and it is embarrassing. Worse, it DEMORALIZES a team that was ready to go out and win.

YOu know what is really sick? bigmike(BM), taking the c.s. route and claiming headsets didn't work...it's only a problem for us all last yr (Plus the half yr he was here before), and we start off this yr with...not getting the plays in on time. If I had been playing in that game, i would have just given up, because i could see that once again our coaches just aren't HC or OC material. Jimmyrae has been around the block , twice, and is just completely unimaginative. When a good many of us know what play is coming based on our set, what do you think the professional D on the other side is thinking. That is old, tired O playcalling by a guy who time has passed by.

now, BM, our HC: He knew last yr and for 6 games of previous yr, that he and his OC had a problem thinking fast on his feet, dithered, and got plays in slowly. He knew that as a major problem to fix over the off season, some 4 long months, plus 6-8 weeks of OTAs and PS. What does he come out with in first game? That's right, can't make up his mind (or OC) and plays once again come in late, we blow a chance on 4th and inches, and ...wallah...it is over. Game, set , point, match. Our coaches deserve full credit for demoralizing our entire team. It would be nice, not to mention manly, to take credit for this fiasco. But no, BM comes out with "its the helmets". What a crock. And, coincidentally, after that, I finally gave up on BM. He laid a big green steamer on SEA front lawn, hence the name BM, and then refused to take credit for it. I expected better from a man i used to admire. Now, he's just another hack, trying to hold onto his job. OC and HC disgust me.

Okay, some calls did get in on time, and as pointed out above, we bunch up tight on 2nd down and it is...surprise...a handoff to #21. Wow, were the defenders ever shocked. We bring TEs in and run frank. HOly cow.What finesse. What clever play calling. What horse schidt. No, no way anyone is going to convince me our OC and HC deserve any more time. They have shown what they have, and it isn't enough, not near enough. It isn't worthy of the word "professional" . The two commentators on TV commented on it from the first TO to the last TO. They said in no uncertain terms it was amazing how the 49er just couldn't get their plays in on time.

Now to your point of alex throwing tall and high to end zone, twice, and he threw his heater both times. One was ruled OOB, and the other was flat out over #44 head. He screwed up, twice. Thank God for staley, AD (got beat once around the corner), and upoti. They blocked well. But the rest of the gang, baas, snyder, chilo, rags...man, they never moved anybody off the LOS. They played like krap. You really mean to tell me our OL coaches, our OC, and our HC didn't know that those four guys couldnt' block a guy on the LOS, virtually most of the game. Either we have kept around four OL stiffs, or, our coaches weren't aware these guys couldn't cut the mustard because they are lousy players, or...they have lousy coaching. IF the latter, then our HC should be out there , 24 hrs a day if need be, instructing them on how to block. Oh, that's right, he can't , because he never coached OL...or DL, Dbs, RBs, QBs, TEs, STs, WRs., OC, DC..heck, he never really coached anything but LBs, and they played very well thank you.

So there you have it. Non professional HC and OC, neither qualified for their job, and one was jump skipped by a very green owner's son to HC with no qualifications for job except he was GOAT LB, no doubt. BM is a great motivator, has brot this team back from the ashes, but he is tapped out...he can't get us better from here, because he has no experience across the board. RAh rah won't win it for us anymore. He has straightened this team out, resurrected VD, made p52 all pro and best LB anywhere, but that is it. It is time for the yorks to move on, and make a change now. We are just going to see more of the same with these two jokers, and that isn't good enough with the talent assembled here. Did our OC and HC not know that alex couldnt throw anythign but a high hard one inside the 5 yd line? Hadn't they worked with him in that situation to be sure he knew how to throw a touch pass? Hey, sure you can blame players, but this was coaching failure, top to bottom, and our HC and OC are killing this team right now. Their unpreparedness, their obvious lack of knowledge for 2010 football, is a dead weight around this team's neck right now.

The honorable thing to do is for BM to resign, and JR to go too. I would love for baalke to try and persuade Tony Dungy to have mercy on us and take us over for the rest of the yr. Barring that, i would ask Gruden. If that were to happen, i guarantee one thing: you would NEVER, EVER , see a call come in late again, nor ever see a TO or clock run down on the goal line. That, as Holmes would say , "Is elementary, my dear Watson".

[ Edited by pasodoc9er on Sep 14, 2010 at 10:03:34 ]
Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Hey, in another thread , "i never thot i'd say this but....our coaches aren't smart enough, or can't think fast enough on their feet to be successful". That's harsh, that's ugly, but sadly, that's the truth. What was our single worst sin last yr? Not getting the plays in on time, forcing alex to rush to the line, with no chance to change the play (and many of us saw many plays that were DOA before the snap---alex must have seen that too). Face it, you do it once, it's a distraction. Do it twice and it's unforgiveable,(and the team is beginning to wonder, does HC and OC have their schidt together). Do it third time and you take 4 pts off the board from the 6 inch line. Do it again, and it is embarrassing. Worse, it DEMORALIZES a team that was ready to go out and win.

YOu know what is really sick? bigmike(BM), taking the c.s. route and claiming headsets didn't work...it's only a problem for us all last yr (Plus the half yr he was here before), and we start off this yr with...not getting the plays in on time. If I had been playing in that game, i would have just given up, because i could see that once again our coaches just aren't HC or OC material. Jimmyrae has been around the block , twice, and is just completely unimaginative. When a good many of us know what play is coming based on our set, what do you think the professional D on the other side is thinking. That is old, tired O playcalling by a guy who time has passed by.

now, BM, our HC: He knew last yr and for 6 games of previous yr, that he and his OC had a problem thinking fast on his feet, dithered, and got plays in slowly. He knew that as a major problem to fix over the off season, some 4 long months, plus 6-8 weeks of OTAs and PS. What does he come out with in first game? That's right, can't make up his mind (or OC) and plays once again come in late, we blow a chance on 4th and inches, and ...wallah...it is over. Game, set , point, match. Our coaches deserve full credit for demoralizing our entire team. It would be nice, not to mention manly, to take credit for this fiasco. But no, BM comes out with "its the helmets". What a crock. And, coincidentally, after that, I finally gave up on BM. He laid a big green steamer on SEA front lawn, hence the name BM, and then refused to take credit for it. I expected better from a man i used to admire. Now, he's just another hack, trying to hold onto his job. OC and HC disgust me.

Okay, some calls did get in on time, and as pointed out above, we bunch up tight on 2nd down and it is...surprise...a handoff to #21. Wow, were the defenders ever shocked. We bring TEs in and run frank. HOly cow.What finesse. What clever play calling. What horse schidt. No, no way anyone is going to convince me our OC and HC deserve any more time. They have shown what they have, and it isn't enough, not near enough. It isn't worthy of the word "professional" . The two commentators on TV commented on it from the first TO to the last TO. They said in no uncertain terms it was amazing how the 49er just couldn't get their plays in on time.

Now to your point of alex throwing tall and high to end zone, twice, and he threw his heater both times. One was ruled OOB, and the other was flat out over #44 head. He screwed up, twice. Thank God for staley, AD (got beat once around the corner), and upoti. They blocked well. But the rest of the gang, baas, snyder, chilo, rags...man, they never moved anybody off the LOS. They played like krap. You really mean to tell me our OL coaches, our OC, and our HC didn't know that those four guys couldnt' block a guy on the LOS, virtually most of the game. Either we have kept around four OL stiffs, or, our coaches weren't aware these guys couldn't cut the mustard because they are lousy players, or...they have lousy coaching. IF the latter, then our HC should be out there , 24 hrs a day if need be, instructing them on how to block. Oh, that's right, he can't , because he never coached OL...or DL, Dbs, RBs, QBs, TEs, STs, WRs., OC, DC..heck, he never really coached anything but LBs, and they played very well thank you.

So there you have it. Non professional HC and OC, neither qualified for their job, and one was jump skipped by a very green owner's son to HC with no qualifications for job except he was GOAT LB, no doubt. BM is a great motivator, has brot this team back from the ashes, but he is tapped out...he can't get us better from here, because he has no experience across the board. RAh rah won't win it for us anymore. He has straightened this team out, resurrected VD, made p53 all pro and best LB anywhere, but that is it. It is time for the yorks to move on, and make a change now. We are just going to see more of the same with these two jokers, and that isn't good enough with the talent assembled here. Did our OC and HC not know that alex couldnt throw anythign but a high hard one inside the 5 yd line? Hadn't they worked with him in that situation to be sure he knew how to throw a touch pass? Hey, sure you can blame players, but this was coaching failure, top to bottom, and our HC and OC are killing this team right now. Their unpreparedness, their obvious lack of knowledge for 2010 football, is a dead weight around this team's neck right now.

The honorable thing to do is for BM to resign, and JR to go too. I would love for baalke to try and persuade Tony Dungy to have mercy on us and take us over for the rest of the yr. Barring that, i would ask Gruden. If that were to happen, i guarantee one thing: you would NEVER, EVER , see a call come in late again, nor ever see a TO or clock run down on the goal line. That, as Holmes would say , "Is elementary, my dear Watson".

interesting write ups bro but if you're serious about sing resigning now i have to say put down the pipe...totally understand where you're comin from, but whether you choose to believe or not, we do in fact have a nucleus and he's been a major part of building it over the years...he's the one who can make sense of it to fix. that includes qb play, oc playcall, and yeah his own clock mgnt.

look, even though we're dogs next week against the sb champs, the main thing i wanna see is how we stack against them. just like we did vs. indy & minny last year, we bounce back and to show that competitiveness then we'll know the problems are correctable.

wayyy too early to jump ship...had a feeling all this offseason hype would lead to this kinda reaction
Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by MBniner:
Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by MBniner:
Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by NorthNiner:
Originally posted by smithgdwg:
Our whole organization sucks. It's dark times for niner fans.


Baloney. Before you slit your wrists just check, for instance, the draft. Dark times! BS. Utter BS. The TDon era was a dark time. Joe Thomas. But this is one game.

Still though, you have to admit it doesn't look good when we come out in the first game of the season and make the same mistakes that have plagued us in the past. And run the same, boring offensive schemes. We haven't taken the step forward that everyone expected, and look like we've regressed. Not good.

I agree. But there is a big difference between this, and Dark Times. Appart from sounding ridiculously pompous, two weeks ago we were celebrating how well things were going. This is a setback. Not Dark Times.

No, but what it is is a step in direction of validating the fact that Smith has wasted a lot of this organization's time. He's not the QB they are hoping he will be, and a lot of people knew that a while ago. That and the fact that we need to get an OC that's last paycheck wasn't cut by social security.

No they didn't "know" it a while ago. They were biased against him. They may turn out with the benefit of hindsight to have been right, but don't confuse an opinion with a fact.

Raye may well not last out the season. Who do we replace him with?

Hey, when it comes to facts with Smith, that's an easy argument to make. They did know it, I just think they had a lot riding on him and didn't want to admit it was the wrong call. At least the Raiders cut bait early.
Originally posted by Jersey9er:
Originally posted by nflguy49:
The Niners coaches can't even figure out how to get a play call in time (before qb mic gets cut off). It doesn't get more pathetic then that!


All the coaching and playcalling improvements in the world won't fix a qb that can't hit a wide open receiver two yards away.

Im wit u on that, or a receiver that cant catch a pass directly in his hands, whether too hard or not. Favre threw one of the hardest passes in the league, whether short or long. And his WR's used to say how they'd have to ice their hands after a game or practice. But no one made an excuse as to why the ball wasnt caught. And i wonder why. PRobably because it was caught.

Sometimes i hate some of the passes thrown, but the job of being a WR is when things arent perfect or breakdown, u make a play. i bet you Rice would of caught both those passes that Crabtree didnt, or Morgan bending his body the right way. Or if that had been delanie walker catching that pass other than moran norris. As a WR if the only time u can make a play is when the ball is perfect all the time, then half of the leagues WR's wouldnt have the yards they do.

maybe so, maybe not......but I will tell you Rice would not look good out there..

yall keep ignoring what I have posted before about good qbs and bad qbs.

good QB will make an offensive personnel look better than they are..

a bad QB will make an offensive personnel look worse than they are...

as much as most here want our WRs to catch all these inaccurate dangerous passes...imo, it is more important that our QBs put our receivers in the best situation to make catches.....

I would rather rely on having a QB that is more accurate with non-athletic WRs....than an inaccurate QB with Brandon Loyds everywhere.

the thing about Rice was....there were many here would bashed him and said he was done, because of his play.... I pointed out that Garcia was doing a horrible job and making him look bad....heck even Jerry's wife called a radio station to point this out.......

but what happened when we got rid of the old man who couldn't play anymore....he went across the Bay and played with an accurate QB...and for the next 3 seasons, this "washed up" old man put up 3,100+ yards with 18 TDs as well as helped his new team make the SuperBowl.

If Rice had Alex as his QB...he would have looked bad as well.
The coaching in this game wasn't stellar...the communication problems in getting Alex the plays were awful. I also think Raye called too many running plays between the tackles that simply weren't working. He called one screen pass to Gore...and it worked. Why he didn't call it again is a mystery...that and some delays can help slow down the pass rush. The 4th down pass to Norris was a good play...but Raye had the wrong guy out there. A much better choice would've been a TE...like Byham, whom Seattle probably wouldn't have anticipated would be a primary receiver. He could've lined up at the FB position. It's true Alex slightly overthew it, but it was catchable with the right guy out there. It should've been an over-the-shoulder reception, not backpeddling where you have little control. I did like that Singletary went for it on 4th down several times in the RZ...he was trying to give the OL some confidence, but they didn't execute.
Cragy, i'm not jumping ship, i'm just pointing out we got another noln situation here, and trying to revive a dead fish is pointless. I already gave BM creds for what he has done to help this team. But the point has been reached when he is out of his element. You really wouldn't want Tony Dungy to come in here as a goodwill gesture to help us finish out the yr while baalke works on a HC with both creds and experience, incl OC, for next yr? I'd do it in a heartbeat. If not him, gruden...for rest of yr.
Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
The coaching in this game wasn't stellar...the communication problems in getting Alex the plays were awful. I also think Raye called too many running plays between the tackles that simply weren't working. He called one screen pass to Gore...and it worked. Why he didn't call it again is a mystery...that and some delays can help slow down the pass rush. The 4th down pass to Norris was a good play...but Raye had the wrong guy out there. A much better choice would've been a TE...like Byham, whom Seattle probably wouldn't have anticipated would be a primary receiver. He could've lined up at the FB position. It's true Alex slightly overthew it, but it was catchable with the right guy out there. It should've been an over-the-shoulder reception, not backpeddling where you have little control. I did like that Singletary went for it on 4th down several times in the RZ...he was trying to give the OL some confidence, but they didn't execute.


That just sounds like a crazy comment to me. Thats like saying, "the QB had a perfect throw if the guy was a foot taller?" Huh? The fact is the right guy was out there. The pay worked. Alex over threw him, so much so that Norris fell down trying to reach the ball. Either way, Moran or Smith, you can't blame Jimmy Jam.
Originally posted by pasodoc9er:
Cragy, i'm not jumping ship, i'm just pointing out we got another noln situation here, and trying to revive a dead fish is pointless. I already gave BM creds for what he has done to help this team. But the point has been reached when he is out of his element. You really wouldn't want Tony Dungy to come in here as a goodwill gesture to help us finish out the yr while baalke works on a HC with both creds and experience, incl OC, for next yr? I'd do it in a heartbeat. If not him, gruden...for rest of yr.

believe me i feel you...lol just like my remote did when it hit the wall (rip). throwin out those two names both bein sb coaches would be a wet dream at this point. i personally dont think it will happen but u never know right? i'd just hope jed learned from daddyo's mistake of jumpin the gun without a net and make damn sure you got'em in the house before makin any moves. but for the record i'm pullin for the entire current team top-down to correct the issues everyone has been breakin down. we'll see monday?
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
The coaching in this game wasn't stellar...the communication problems in getting Alex the plays were awful. I also think Raye called too many running plays between the tackles that simply weren't working. He called one screen pass to Gore...and it worked. Why he didn't call it again is a mystery...that and some delays can help slow down the pass rush. The 4th down pass to Norris was a good play...but Raye had the wrong guy out there. A much better choice would've been a TE...like Byham, whom Seattle probably wouldn't have anticipated would be a primary receiver. He could've lined up at the FB position. It's true Alex slightly overthew it, but it was catchable with the right guy out there. It should've been an over-the-shoulder reception, not backpeddling where you have little control. I did like that Singletary went for it on 4th down several times in the RZ...he was trying to give the OL some confidence, but they didn't execute.

That just sounds like a crazy comment to me. Thats like saying, "the QB had a perfect throw if the guy was a foot taller?" Huh? The fact is the right guy was out there. The pay worked. Alex over threw him, so much so that Norris fell down trying to reach the ball. Either way, Moran or Smith, you can't blame Jimmy Jam.


You can blame the OC for anything.

How often did we practice that play? It sounds like Smith had no idea how to throw a pass to Moran Norris and it looked like Moran Norris had no idea how to catch a ball lob pass by running under it.

If we didn't practice it why was it our penultimate play call on 4th and goal?
Originally posted by 49ersnum1:
It might not have been horrible, but there is still no imagination, and SEA knew what was coming..

I-formation = 1. run up the gut 2. play action 3. dink and dunk. - So when you crowd the box expecting a run, whethere we pass or not, its easy for the defense to react to the short stuff..

shotgun, 4WR set = even in this formation, the routes designed are horrible!! you have 2-3 WR running across the field 2-10yards resulting in short passes. 1 guy will run deep but a safety and corner is there for the most part to take that away..

to vanilla IMHO.. Look at the way some of the explosive offenses routes are designed for chuncks, while ours is designed for 5yards.. horrible

finaly a post with some ananlysis
it really opens the discussion about a deeper problem than the players executing plays properly : the DESIGN of plays
We know about raye's playcalling, almost everyone agrees it sucks
But the designs of his plays svck even bigger !
Good point
Originally posted by Afrikan:
Originally posted by Jersey9er:
Originally posted by nflguy49:
The Niners coaches can't even figure out how to get a play call in time (before qb mic gets cut off). It doesn't get more pathetic then that!


All the coaching and playcalling improvements in the world won't fix a qb that can't hit a wide open receiver two yards away.

Im wit u on that, or a receiver that cant catch a pass directly in his hands, whether too hard or not. Favre threw one of the hardest passes in the league, whether short or long. And his WR's used to say how they'd have to ice their hands after a game or practice. But no one made an excuse as to why the ball wasnt caught. And i wonder why. PRobably because it was caught.

Sometimes i hate some of the passes thrown, but the job of being a WR is when things arent perfect or breakdown, u make a play. i bet you Rice would of caught both those passes that Crabtree didnt, or Morgan bending his body the right way. Or if that had been delanie walker catching that pass other than moran norris. As a WR if the only time u can make a play is when the ball is perfect all the time, then half of the leagues WR's wouldnt have the yards they do.

maybe so, maybe not......but I will tell you Rice would not look good out there..

yall keep ignoring what I have posted before about good qbs and bad qbs.

good QB will make an offensive personnel look better than they are..

a bad QB will make an offensive personnel look worse than they are...

as much as most here want our WRs to catch all these inaccurate dangerous passes...imo, it is more important that our QBs put our receivers in the best situation to make catches.....

I would rather rely on having a QB that is more accurate with non-athletic WRs....than an inaccurate QB with Brandon Loyds everywhere.

the thing about Rice was....there were many here would bashed him and said he was done, because of his play.... I pointed out that Garcia was doing a horrible job and making him look bad....heck even Jerry's wife called a radio station to point this out.......

but what happened when we got rid of the old man who couldn't play anymore....he went across the Bay and played with an accurate QB...and for the next 3 seasons, this "washed up" old man put up 3,100+ yards with 18 TDs as well as helped his new team make the SuperBowl.

If Rice had Alex as his QB...he would have looked bad as well.

Sorry on this one Afrik, but i disagree. if you notice, they dont talk about how good a WR is because everything surrounding him was perfect. ON the highlight shows, after the postgame recap. They say how good the WR was making the play, turning nothing into something. LIke the TE made that nice ass grab that Flacco f**ked up on the throw. Even Boldin yesterday, Boldin goes in traffic, and gets the ball, regardless of too high or low. Each game this week i saw receivers dive, slide, one handed grab, passes behind. But a good, no scratch that, great WR, once again makes sumthin out of nothing.

Now i know u've never been an A.Smith fan, so i dont expect you to say anything positive about him anyway. But like the title started and said, the coaching wasnt nearly as bad as you think.

Well i'll bring up another issue, as well. Ever pay attention to how every one else's WR's seem to get more open and separation than our WR's. And many fans complained about this for the past 2 years. Goes back to even when Shaun and JTO where here. Why do our WR's get no separation. Every game other than with our team im seeing a WR open somewhere for big yardage, and this past and seasons past the QB always has to try and fit it into a small window. Yes it's the QB's job to get the ball in the position, but s**t if you can never get separation, then dont b***h when the Qb tries to get it in there, and it's either batted down, or like crab's pass, of his hands then intercepted.

Oh and before i leave, we gotta stop with this too. Im tired of people talkin about a Qb making this "look good" or that "look good". I mean please u had Chris Carter who prized himself on making the one handed grab, and our WR's cant even catch a pass that hits them in the hands. Let me tell you, you cant give me any excuse to any pass, if it hits you in the hands. Instead of our QB making our personnel look good, why cant the personnel just be good, you feel me.

I say dont make excuses for Smith. So i agree, AFTER the first half, he played horrible. But at the same time, so did the WR core, and the coaching, and the pass defense. Dont think i have to say anymore.

[ Edited by Jersey9er on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:18:05 ]
That was a really nice post, OaklandNiner.

Now that my irritation has abated somewhat and I'm able to be a bit more objective in my judgement of the game, I think your analysis is dead on. The thing that really grinds my gears though, is the fact that your post could've been transplanted into almost any thread from mid-'09 and been just as accurate as your assessment of last weekend's game.

The O-line is still ineffectual at either the running or passing game, our QB still lacks poise and mental toughness, and our pass rush looks set to follow last season's tendency toward feast or famish. In short, we saw a rusty version of last season's team, and you're correct to conclude that given such poor excecution, it makes no sense to lump the blame on the staff.

On the plus side, hopefuly the O-Line will mature sooner rather than later and the coaching staff should be able to beat the cobwebs out of our starters' heads double time. When you factor in the nerves that attend opening day (let alone an opening day on the road) and the fact that wild performance swings mark the NFL on a week by week basis, there's still cause for optimism.

Again, nice post. I've got my fingers crossed!

[ Edited by BubbaParisMVP on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:21:52 ]
Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
The coaching in this game wasn't stellar...the communication problems in getting Alex the plays were awful. I also think Raye called too many running plays between the tackles that simply weren't working. He called one screen pass to Gore...and it worked. Why he didn't call it again is a mystery...that and some delays can help slow down the pass rush. The 4th down pass to Norris was a good play...but Raye had the wrong guy out there. A much better choice would've been a TE...like Byham, whom Seattle probably wouldn't have anticipated would be a primary receiver. He could've lined up at the FB position. It's true Alex slightly overthew it, but it was catchable with the right guy out there. It should've been an over-the-shoulder reception, not backpeddling where you have little control. I did like that Singletary went for it on 4th down several times in the RZ...he was trying to give the OL some confidence, but they didn't execute.

I agree. Everything starts with the poor philosophy we've installed. THEN is goes to the coaches and game pre and in-game planning. The COACHES have all the players they wanted and hand picked. This was our statement game.

Here is what good coaching can do. Here is THE difference in the NFL today on so many levels...coaching:

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck spelled it all out after the game... “We were able to come back and sort of capitalize on that a little bit because they were going to squat on our routes and they wanted to gamble like that. I give credit to (offensive coordinator) Jeremy Bates and everybody for seeing it and making the adjustments.”

This is an OC who's been OC for what, one week and HE and his coaching staff can see this? D. Walker was the only mismatch we created and then went away from it. Gore can ONLY run inside so their D exploited this. He's decent on screens but again, we never went back to it. It was very obvious the deep routes we designed to free up underneath stuff. Their D T'd off on playing agressive inside the 10 yard line and in. It's was vintage Raye/Singletary easy game planning for the D, just like last year.

Now, ask yourself this. Name ONE TIME Raye watched tape of his opponent and attacked a weakness coming into the game and in-game adjustments. Seattle came in with a great game plan, made good in-game adjustments (even after an INT) and finished the game properly. THIS is good coaching. And we don't have it...even Manusky got pwned...Clements, Brown, Lewis, no pass rush what so ever (until he brought in LeBoy in the 4th quarter, etc.) - same exact problems as last year with zero adjustments or balls to sit our slow, one-dimensional players. It's bad enough we have to run a one-gap for our NT to be successful but how do you run a 3-4 with zero pass rushers from your starters at OLB and a secondary that has been exposed d/t its total lack of speed and do nothing about it?

And don't get me started on Raye/Singletary. Collectively, we have tons of talent and potential but we may have the dumbest coaching staff in the NFL and nobody should be surprised if we go 0-5. Let me say that again, NO FAN SHOULD BE SURPRISED IF WE GO 0-5. Why? B/c we've done nothing to fix our GLARING weaknesses from last year (poor o-line, terrible OC, piss poor on the road, terrible game planning, if any at all, no adjustments in game and at half-time, always outcoached, bad at defending the screens, middle of the field, no push on short yardage at all on both sides of the line, inaccurate QB, players and coaches not on the same page, the culture is to find a way to lose, coaches and players throwing each other under the bus, special teams sucks ala Josh Morgan again, no contingency plans across the board, etc.).

Seriously, how have we improved in any of these areas? And now we have a tough schedule to start the season? Did I mention, NO FAN SHOULD BE SURPRISED IF WE START THE SEASON 0-5.

This isn't an over reaction either...all of these issues needs to be fixed THIS week. It's just not realistic

[ Edited by NCommand on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:25:10 ]
Originally posted by BubbaParisMVP:
That was a really nice post, OaklandNiner.

Now that my irritation has abated somewhat and I'm able to be a bit more objective in my judgement of the game, I think your analysis is dead on. The thing that really grinds my gears though, is the fact that your post could've been transplanted into almost any thread from mid-'09 and been just as accurate as your assessment of last weekend's game.

The O-line is still ineffectual at either the running or passing game, our QB still lacks poise and mental toughness, and our pass rush looks set to follow last season's tendency toward feast or famish. In short, we saw a rusty version of last season's team, and you're correct to conclude that given such poor excecution, it makes no sense to lump the blame on the staff.

On the plus side, hopefuly the O-Line will mature sooner rather than later and the coaching staff should be able to beat the cobwebs out of our starters' heads double time. When you factor in the nerves that attend opening day (let alone an opening day on the road) and the fact that wild performance swings mark the NFL on a week by week basis, there's still cause for optimism.

Again, nice post. I've got my fingers crossed!

i absolutely love irony !
more of this please