OK, bear with me here...I was just curious as to what everyone else thought. Is this team sucking because of bad coaching or just a lack of overall talent? I'm sure it's probably both, but what do you think the biggest problem is? I mean, after watching this game, I came away with the impression that we're not as talented as we thought we were, mainly on offense. We have no speed, for example. Speed changes the game. Crabtree is slower than I thought he'd be. Our fastest players are at the TE position. None of our WRs have breakaway speed and nobody can stretch the field. That might change when Ginn comes back, but I doubt it. He has horrible hands anyway and can't be trusted. Also, our team makes bonehead mistakes. I feel like this is one of the dumbest teams in the league for some reason.
However, personally, I think the reason why we're 0-3 is the coaching. I believe that we do have enough talent to win ball games and make the playoffs. I think with the right coaches we could be sitting at 3-0 right now. The problem is PHILOSOPHY. What I mean is, in the past, we had coaches that wanted to win, and win big. Just look at our last Super Bowl victory (49-26). We dominated. The goal back then was to DOMINATE. We wanted to destroy opponents, surprise them, dismantle them, etc. We wanted to embarrass you and then rest our starters, on YOUR turf. How quickly things have changed.
Singletary's philosophy is completely different. He wants to run the ball into a wall 3 straight times and take time off the clock. He wants to be tough. He wants Jimmy Raye to be his puppet and call nice, safe plays so that there are no turnovers. He wants to keep the game close. The problem with this is that in today's NFL, big plays are what wins games. The team with the most big plays always seem to win the games (assuming you don't turn the ball over). If you aim to destroy an opponent, you might only win by 10 points. If your aim is to JUST keep the game close and HOPEFULLY win the game at the end, it ain't gonna work half the time. It's like in school if you aim for an A you might get a B, but if you aim for a C, or to barely pass, you end up with a D.
Look at the Saints game. We kept it close, but we still lost in the final seconds. Maybe if we were a bit more aggressive to start with, we wouldn't have been in that situation. It seems like it's the same crap every week. Start out slow, adjust to what the other team is doing, look decent in the end, lose, and hope next week it carries over. It never does, because it's always back to square one. Like a bunch of monkeys, I swear. We're not keeping teams on their toes, we're just REACTING to what they're doing and HOPING to hang around. Why? We have the freakin' talent to do more, I believe.
So, I think the problem is our coaches lack killer instinct. This philosophy might work if you have the Chicago Bears '84 defense and Walter Payton, but we don't. Our team is like the Flintstones and the rest of the league is like the Jetsons right now. Until we get some creative, modern coaches, I think we'll continue to get embarrassed. Singletary and Raye are to blame and I can't wait for them to be fired. Anyone with me or do you think the players are the problem?