Originally posted by 5280High:
Originally posted by JiksJuicy:
Mistakes and un-disclipine, plain and simple. For example:
-D. Walker and Alex's bonehead missed t.d. against Seattle(game changer)
-Defense giving up last minute drive to N.O.
-Missed catches and turnovers(fumbled punt by Adams(game changer)) (D. Walker Fumble, Gore Fumble in the redzone)
-Coaching decisions. Going for it on 4th and Goal and getting stomped. I can think of 2 big T.d's we missed out on. Seattle and San Diego.
-Nate Clements int. fumble
-Missed block causing Alex to get sacked with lead
-Alex's fumble against Philly
-J. Smith getting thrown out for decking a ref
There's just so many more. I honestly believe if it wasn't for all the mistakes we could have been 8-8 easily.
The majority of this amounts to coaching. Coaching = having the players prepared for all situations, last year the niners just looked lost. As much as everyone wants to hop of the QB, 5 of those first 6 games were winnable. Our 2 minute defense was complete crap and accounted for a couple losses. Poorly timed fumbles, ANOTHER fumble of an int in atlanta, QB rotating door, it was just all bad.
The defense was supremely dissapointing, and Manusky was a little overated IMO. How did the niners not constantly terrorize Seattle's QB in the first game of the season with their make shift O-line... their O-line coach left and they didn't even know who was going to start for half their line until a week before the game. Then to give up leads to Atlanta and NO like we did... total crap. The offense wasn't that much better but the fact remains... we had the lead in plenty of games and just couldn't finish them out due to defensive inconsistency.
the first 2-3 offensive drives in that seattle game, we came out crisp.. we could run decently, we had swag, alex was hitting most of his throws.. If you paused at that moment I thought we were going to do good last year.
Then we failed to convert and get in the endzone, seattle remembered we had nate on the field, and took advantage of him.. the crowd got into the game, and out defense checked out.
Alex got the blame, when really it was bad coaching, bad catching by D walk and norris, and bad, really bad defense.
[ Edited by unst4bl3 on Jun 10, 2011 at 10:35:32 ]