I've been a 49er fan my entire life. This season has been the most disappointing one I have endured. Until today I have truly believed that we still had a legitimate shot to win the NFC west. I no longer buy into this illusion.
I see a number of variables when I watch our games. I'm new to the webzone but the majority of our posts seem to be kneejerk reactions as if one change will change our season. Bring in Nate Davis. Bring in Troy Smith. Bring in David Carr. Come on. The 49ers have some serious problems. A simplistic solution will not solve them all.
Our first problem begins with our coaching. We have been outcoached all year. (Especially against KC and Seattle) Our philosophy is similar to the 90s Cowboys. That philosophy states that we are going to run our gameplan and I dare you to stop it. The problem is that we don't have the players to do this. The Kansas City Chiefs run a gameplan that's virtually impossible to predict. I remember Mark Trestmans gameplan against the Cowboys when Grback was subbing for the injured young. We were completely unpredictable. We threw when they thought we would run. Vice versa. Footballs a chessmatch. And unfortunately our coaches must suck at chess.
The second issue is that we seriously overestimated our team this offseason. We signed David Carr and William James. That was our answer to put our team over the top. David Carr is horrible. He wasn't prepared to play today. Alex isn't horrible but he's not that good either. Our quarterback dictates how good our team can be. We have weapons. If Crabtree played for the Giants he would be putting up Hakeem Nicks numbers. If Vernon played for San Diego he would be amazing. And Frank Gore is one of the best backs I have ever watched. I've actually seen posts asking if he is finished. Give me a break.
The solution will not come this year unfortunately. We will win some games but we will not become great with our current leadership. This offseason we need to hire a experienced coach who will hire a proven coaching staff. We need to draft a quarterback. Our line will be much improved. We need to improve our cornerbacks and get younger. Our defense is pretty good. They just aren't getting any support from our offense.
Difficult problems will not be solved using simplistic solutions. We have a ways to go.