Originally posted by Ninefan56:
The bright spot is that our run defense is still holding up even with Franklin gone. Our front Dline is good, and our LBs are good. Now it is clear that our backfield is a problem.
Alex Smith has been holding up and we put some points on the Cowboys. We have been competitive in each game and we had a chance to win each game. So that should keep us in most every game.
Less foolish mistakes and better coaching all around.
Special teams is playing well, front part of the defense is playing well. Offense is growing and still sputtering but I at least can see signs of productivity. So I am encouraged.
My favorite part of the off season is what we did with the defense. We not only replaced one-dimensional players with pass rushers, but our run defense is just as good, if not better without Abray"who?" Franklin.
Bowman is a beast, McDonald should have been starting for years, Soap and RJF are effective at nose, and Aldon will eventually play full time. Our pass rush is definitely something to be excited about.
Alex Smith is the best he's ever been, and the offense is beginning to figure some things out.
The only thing I dislike so far is that we still have a "play not-to-lose" mentality. But we'll see how it goes. Just like every week, next week will reveal a lot.