When the 9ers take the field at The Stick this sunday, they do so as under dogs in their own building. Nothing to do with the line in Vegas or any other sucker you could find to lay 3/1 against the 9ers. This team is a 3/1 dog each and every week because it has 3 different opponents to defeat every game from this week on, it appears...
It's one thing to face the opposition in it's own building where the crowd effectively forces you to play against them, as well as their team. It's a completely different animal when that 2nd opponent you're facing is your own crowd, in your own building, which is exactly the scenario the 9ers are in.
I understand the points the fans at the game were making last sunday night and I agree with some of what went on; it needed to be said and for that you all should be commended, but just hear me out. Whether you choose to support the team this week or choose to participate in it's downfall (referring to the paper bag thing ), the end result will be the same if this team fails to get to the playoffs, regardless of what side of the fence you're on during sunday's game...
The QB a lot of you target as the foremost cause of everything sh*tty is in the last year of his contract and HAS to lead this team to the playoffs if he wants to play here. Let's be real though; we don't have an adequate replacement for him on this roster. The coach that was so sure he could beat n' smash this offense into a power running juggernaut behind what is for all intents and purposes, a brand new offensive line; has effectively put his own ass in a sling if he continues to ride the brake like an old lady. Not to mention he removed any possible scapegoat for this season when he fired Raye and his fate walks virtually hand in hand with Smith's. And then the defense. It's an incomplete 3-4 with too many make shifts on it. They've been exposed and it will be upgraded, transitioned back to a 4-3 or overhauled in the offseason. Hard to do anything about it right now.
What do you have to lose by giving this team your support? Conversely; what do you stand to gain if the team were to do what some suggest and overhaul in the middle of the season? I don't know what coach in his right mind would opt to step into a scenario where the team is facing an overhaul at nearly every key position (on the field and off) while the fan base is foaming at the mouth. Whoever this mystery man is, I'd have to question not only his sanity, but his future with the team passed this season. I really think the best we could do at this juncture would be the coaching equivalent to auto pilot. This is not going to save our season; merely signal the end of it.
Just one more thing regarding the offense. We all knew in training camp that this offensive line was new. From the coaches to the rookies along with our situation at Center, this line is new and we expected them to struggle early. Now granted, NOBODY predicted 0-5, but let's not lose perspective here. They're coming around and honestly, so are the game plans and play calling. It's like pulling teeth with these guys, particularly Sing, but progress is being made.
Anyway, back to the point: we all know the 3rd opponent our team is facing every week is themselves, and that's the opponent they have to overcome on their own. Nobody can do it for them, but we as fans can definitely make that task less difficult for them when they play at The Stick...
That said, I'd like to ask the zoners who will be attending the Oakland game to put this 0-5 start in the past where it belongs, leave your shameful grocery bag mutiny for the sorry ass Lions and Aint's teams of the past and give your team just 1 more week of your full support. We hit the road after this one and a W this week sets the table perfectly for the 9ers to make a real run at this thing. Look at the schedule guys; 9-7 is attainable and if this team gets hot, who knows???
Going back to last season this team has been playing from behind. It sucks to watch, but they don't quit. This team is a lot more mentally tough than anybody gives it credit for and that trait was put on full display for the whole world to see in that 4th quarter last week. You guys tried your absolute hardest to destroy Smith's psyche and all he did was go back out there and light the Eagles up while his own crowd unloaded one of the most powerfully nasty displays of public loathing that I've ever witnessed lol! That took onions. Maybe it's time we as fans start showing a little mental toughness as well. At the very least, if y'all are gonna sit on your hands while the D's out there you could do the O the same courtesy
Just think what a story it would be if this team overcame the worst start ever to make the playoffs. Someone's gotta be the 1st to do it. May as well be 1 of the most storied franchises in sports
[ Edited by NatralBrnThrila on Oct 15, 2010 at 20:08:57 ]