I am a non biased Niners Fan. I have no illusions of the Niners making the playoffs nor do I think it is out of the realm that they can win six in a row. I don't live in California. But have been a fan since 1982.
That being said there is one thing that has killed your season and one thing that needs to be fixed to turn it around, no matter the QB.
Coach Sing has been quoted, adverstised, and stubbornly stuck to the "Smash mouth football" mantra. He beleives that his own personal identity is tied to that from his playing days to his coaching days. He was applauded for bringing Vernon Davis into the fold with his style and was a nationwide talk show soundbite for "We Want Winners".
With his brand established as a hard nose no bulls**t style, then his team MUST follow the company line, his style, smash mouth, run it down their throat style.
Problem is his team is not built for it.
His team is built for play out of the shotgun. Don't confuse this with a spread offense they are two different things.
Both Smiths ran them in college.
A possesion receiver is a must across the middle and Crabtree would be the definition of that model.
A quality pass catcher out of the backfeild is needed and guess what...can you say Gore and Westbrook?
The offensive line, with all of it's talent, still starts two rookies and the blocking schemes for the shotgun does not require cross blocks or pulling, (it does require communication between them for blitz pick up and hand off assignments), and if they can't hold the outside rush a shotgun QB has more time to move out of the pocket than being under center.
Last but not least the shotgun can run up to five recievers and still be effective, but to do that you need a tight end that can catch the ball in different positions all over the field and still be able to stay in and block. I hear Vernon Davis is capable of both.
So leave the smash mouth s**t to your defense. Unleash your offense in the shotgun and trust me you can lay claim to at least 5 victories to finish the season.
You heard it here first!