Yes, the media is down on our team (then again, when aren't they?). But why are you, if you're a fan? As fans, we should want to see our team do well, regardless of the situation! We should want to believe that they can turn it around. We should want to remember that less than a month ago we understood that they were a young, up and coming, talented football team. How did we know this? Well, we've been watching them play for the last few years and we've been watching them progress and we witnessed them barely get edged out of the playoffs last year, mostly by their own doing.
Here's a quick reminder that I think many people have forgotten. A football schedule consists of 16 games that are played over the course of 17 weeks. In any given football season, many teams will go on three or more game winning streaks, three or more game losing streaks, etc. Some teams that start off 2-0 fall far from making the playoffs, some that start 0-2 do make the playoffs. Heck, some teams that start 0-3 even make the playoffs.
Look at how we've arrived at 0-3.
Week 1 - A disappointing loss due to BEATING OURSELVES at the loudest stadium in the league.
Week 2- A disappointing loss to the defending world champs after turing the ball over four times in addition to snapping the ball through the back of the endzone.
Week 3 - A bad game, by and large, against what might be an underrated opponent.
Combined, we've lost to three teams that are 7-2 and would be 8-1 if Hartley had made his chipshot last week. In other words, we've been beaten by decent teams, or in venues that are hard to win in.
On the bright side, we have 13 games left to play, and the middle of our schedule is very soft and could present an opportunity for the 49ers to go on the longest winning streak they've been on in recent memory.
I know it is hard to imagine being 0-3, but I'd like for everyone to remember that we are indeed a talented football team and we proved last year that we could compete with the very best talent. Hell, we proved last Monday night that we could compete with the very best talent.
As fans, we need to quit being so up and down. It isn't go for us or our organization. All we can do is hope for the best and cheer our guys along. If our coaches can get their acts together, we can start thumping teams the way we thought we were going to heading into the season.
Through the first three weeks, we saw a boring offensinve attack, lead by a man who we knew was more than capable of leading a boring and unimaginative attack. But he is gone now. And in his place is the younger, unproven, but 2-0 as an OC, Mike Johnson.
We very well could see a new football team on offense come Week 4, or Week 5. Don't forget we have talents in Gore, Davis, Westbrook, Morgan, Walker, Smith, Dixon, Zeigler and Crabtree (and yes he deserves to be last on the list).
I'll close with this: We are a talented football team! We are the most talented football team in our division! We have 13 weeks left to prove it! If you want to jump off the bus, go for it. But do us all a favor who are sick and tired of reading the same negative posts from the same posters throughout the entire day, and jump off of the message board as well.
If we can go 8-5 or better, and finish at 8-8, the division is likely ours. If you've looked at our schedule and you don't think that is attainable, I'm amazed you've had strong enough faith in this team to hang on the bus for this long.
THE SEASON IS NOT OVER! THIS IS STILL OUR YEAR!
[ Edited by Kilgore_Trout on Sep 28, 2010 at 5:54 PM ]