We are who they thought we were.
Before the season, most of the pundits said the 49ers were the most talented team in a weak division, but we could only go as far as Alex Smith took us. That projection is looking pretty accurate right about now. This team is not really headed in the right direction so much as we stopped going in the wrong
direction the minute that Alex went down with his injury in Carolina. Troy Smith is not the savior, but his performance in London totally exposed Alex Smith. If a third string QB who missed all of training camp and barely knows the playbook could put up better numbers, spark the offense, and find a way to win, then that just shows you how much of a millstone Alex Smith really was.
I don't want to make this into an Alex Smith thread. I only want to point out the fundamentally flawed course that Singletary put the team on. A course that he has been backpedaling away from with the promotions of Mike Johnson and Troy Smith. Singletary is essentially learning on the job as his football philosophy is repeatedly proven wrong on Sundays. The guy who lead us into a disaster is now trying to lead us out. If he succeeds, some people will see him as a hero, while forgetting that he was the one who created the disaster in the first place.
First seven weeks of the season.
New, experienced and proven Head Coach. A contemporary approach to the game of football. Active search for a franchise QB.
Limping home to a handful of moral victories, a losing record, and one big question for the off-season: Will ownership have the balls to make the fundamental changes that are needed, or will they cling to the few positive signs, make some minor tweaks, and perpetuate the mediocrity?
[ Edited by Lifer on Nov 5, 2010 at 11:18 AM ]