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Some random thoughts about this team and where we're at....direction we're heade

Originally posted by DrGonzo00:

Defensively, we still need to shake out the roster. Whereas Ricky Jean-Francois was a starter in the past, you're seeing he's not worthy of getting any PT. And obviously we miss Abruayo Franklin, another Ravens reject who was overrated by the previous regime and some fans. Sop is just fine as NT though i prefer to find someone better suited in the offseason. He's holding it down though. Justin Smith is and always has been money well spent, McD has stepped up bigtime on DE. Aldon Smith looks to be the truth and a serious problem when rushing the passer, our LBs are the best in the business. Bowman's been a ridiculous surprise.

I like your post, but I don't understand what you mean here. RJF rotated with Franklin a little bit more than he has rotated with Sop. But a lot of that had to do with Franklin holding out and being less prepared. A lot of it also has to do with the fact that Sop has done such a tremendous job this year, so we haven't needed RJF as much. Well now we do, and I think he'll do fine. RJF is a very good football player playing behind a more experienced, physically bigger player in Sop.
SMH at this, we are a top 5 ranked run defense. Soap is playing lights out. You have alot of points but i disagree with this




Just to clarify my Franklin comment...I was being sarcastic. As in...OBVIOUSLY we miss Franklin, who some considered our top rated FA and a key defensive player. But again, he was another Raven reject that Nolan had a hard-on for and whom Singletary had us believing was better than he was. Of course, now he's gone and it simply doesn't matter. Sop has filled in and is playing where he should be at NT.
Originally posted by DrGonzo00:
SMH at this, we are a top 5 ranked run defense. Soap is playing lights out. You have alot of points but i disagree with this




Just to clarify my Franklin comment...I was being sarcastic. As in...OBVIOUSLY we miss Franklin, who some considered our top rated FA and a key defensive player. But again, he was another Raven reject that Nolan had a hard-on for and whom Singletary had us believing was better than he was. Of course, now he's gone and it simply doesn't matter. Sop has filled in and is playing where he should be at NT.
It's a bit hard to read sarcasm on the interwebs.
Stopped reading once you took a crap on Alex's parade
[ Edited by YungAce on Oct 7, 2011 at 2:12 AM ]
Originally posted by DrGonzo00:
So just ot give some background....been a niners fan ever since i started watching football, grew up watching the early-mid 90s Steve Young led Niner teams and have followed intently throughout. Unfortunately, this team lost a decade of football with the Erickson-Nolan-Singletary BS regimes. I think we all knew they were b******t deep down but wanted to believe we were trending towards the defensive dominated teams that were en vogue the last few years. BUT - We're the niners. We're supposed to be running the WCO, supposed to be dominating offensively and driving the opposing defense nuts, and all the while still playing stout defense.

While i was happy to see the WCO offense return where it rightfully belongs, i wasn't convinced about Harbaugh or ready to anoint him Bill Walsh Jr. when he got hired, the way others did. I don't know that i'm convinced just yet, but I do like what I'm seeing. He's building a team with great rapport, there's no doubt we're playing 100mph from snap to whistle on defense and really getting after it, swarming to the ball the way Nolan and Singletary were supposed to have us playing. And on top of all that, this past week I actually felt like i was seeing some legit WCO. The 2nd half was damn near bliss. There was timing, rhythm, we were keeping the defense off balance and guessing. It was a beautiful thing to watch.

So....credit where credit is due. Harbaugh still has a lot of work to do, but this team is starting to click and react rather than think. Not having the the full training camp hurt us a lot because everything and everyone were so new to each other. We weren't the Jets-Pats-Steelers-Packers-Giants who have had the same roster and playbooks for the past 3-4-5 years. So it only makes sense that it's taken a little over a month to start to see things come together. And we should only continue to improve and start to get "it" as the season progresses. People complained about the vanilla playcalling but in reality, I just don't think our players were ready for extended, in-depth playcalling because they were still digesting the playbook. Now it seems like they're getting more and more comfortable. The biggest takeaway is that we've won the tough, close games that we normally would lose the past few years. We could easily be 4-0 and it wouldn't be an aberration.

With regards to the roster...our offensive line still needs some work. Those guys are starting to get it, but Rachal needs to go for sure. We need more depth. Goodwin is coming along fine which I'm pleased with cuz you need a solid veteran center like him. Our OLine will be our achilles heel this season I think.

As solid, if unspectacular, as Alex Smith has been, we still need a legit WCO QB. I actually really like and respect Alex, but he was never a true football player/quarterback. He's a guy who plays football and plays QB, but isn't one...if that makes sense. I just don't think he's ever had a real feel for the game the way the naturals do. Even so, he isn't losing us games and is actually starting to win some for us.

Gore is still the man but I'm just ecstatic about Hunter. Not sure if he's an everydown back, but he's the change of pace RB we've been looking for the past decade.Agree While Nolan and Sings wanted smashmouth, big, bruising backs, Hunter has proven to be the small/shifty RB that can break a play open. Kudos to the new regime for drafting him and recognizing the football player there, rather than dismissing him because of his size/measurements/combine stats.

I still like the idea of Anthony Dixon, but it seems he's fallen out of favor with the coaching staff.Dixon needs to learn how to hit the holes and stop dancing in the backfield His biggest problem IMO is that he doesn't run big. He wants to run like Hunter but can't, and i'm sure that drives the coaches nuts.

So long as our QB is getting good protection, our WRs will run their routes and get open. Crabs, Morgan...wish Braylon were out there. Vernon Davis...the WCO is a TE's best friend. Love seeing him cross over the middle, run the fade...he's key to what we do and we can't throw to him enough.


Defensively, we still need to shake out the roster. Whereas Ricky Jean-Francois was a starter in the past, you're seeing he's not worthy of getting any PT.Yes he is, he's starting this week, Soap is just better. And obviously we miss Abruayo Franklin,No we don't, not at all another Ravens reject who was overrated by the previous regime and some fans. Sop is just fine as NT though i prefer to find someone better suited in the offseason. He's holding it down though. Justin Smith is and always has been money well spent, McD has stepped up bigtime on DE. Aldon Smith looks to be the truth and a serious problem when rushing the passer, our LBs are the best in the business. Bowman's been a ridiculous surprise. Agree on all of that.

I think the 2 most underrated acquisitions for us are Carlos Rogers and David Akers.Everybody has been talking about picking up Rogers, it's obvious he's very good and all I've heard people say is to extend his contract, how is that underrated? Rogers is a legit cover corner, the kind we convinced ourselves Nate Clements was, and while he got knocked for bad hands and not getting INTs, i'd rather have a guy get his hands on the ball and drop it then get beat altogether. RCB is still a bit shaky, but Tarell Brown and Spencer are holding it down. And David Akers was a KEY acquisition and a great chess move.eh, he's a serviceable kicker. The front office, knowing our team was a bit younger and definitely unproven, grabbed a veteran kicker who could put points on the board and win us some close games. Mission accomplished.

I like where we're headed for sure. The true test is always when adversity hits. Do we stumble and lose a few we should win? Do we start thinking we're than we are and get knocked back down to earth. Do we start the season on fire and then fade in December? Questions to be answered....
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Originally posted by dwett:
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
This...I am beginning to think Smith might be able to be one of the top qbs. He is getting better every time out and has surprised me with how accurate he has become. He is fitting passes into very tight windows with regularity. If the o line gets it together, there are only a couple of teams I worry about, and none I don't think we can hang with.

I am a Smith supporter and still am skeptical of that. Will say this though. I am curious to see how a confident Alex Smith will grow vs one that has been beaten down. Will he start to trust his instincts and show the talents that made him a number 1 pick? After 4 games he has a 97 QB rating so he is progressing to the standard you are talking about.

If Smith keeps improving this season he will be a top 10 QB...his last ten games he has thrown 12 TDs and 2 Ints
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Accuracy can be taught, it is all about throwing mechanics and footwork. Smiths mechanics have been poor and his release point was consistently high, that is why he sails passes sometimes. What blows my mind is how we never had coaches correct it, or maybe they never saw it. The Lincecum analogy works as pitching is about throwing mechanics too. I agree Smith has a way to go to be a top qb, but it looks to me that he finally has the mentor he needs to help him get there. If he remains in the top ten rated qbs, I think that qualifies.


Agree totally with this post. But, when a player is extremely accurate at times and then loses that accuracy it is a sign of either mental lapses, as in Romo, or coaching deficiency. All of Walsh's QBs talk about his mini camps starting with practicing the basic fundamentals...footwork on each drop, posture, eyes, etc. The QBs have to practice this often or they become sloppy just like any other aspect of life. Good practice leads to good performance when it counts.

That is why it bothered me so much in the past when people would post that Smith was an inaccurate QB. I just saw some bad throws as he was trying too hard to make something from nothing, not that he was incapable of throwing accurately. Harbaugh saw that and he is correcting the issue. If there is also a mental aspect to Smith's problems I haven't seen it this year.
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Accuracy can be taught, it is all about throwing mechanics and footwork. Smiths mechanics have been poor and his release point was consistently high, that is why he sails passes sometimes. What blows my mind is how we never had coaches correct it, or maybe they never saw it. The Lincecum analogy works as pitching is about throwing mechanics too. I agree Smith has a way to go to be a top qb, but it looks to me that he finally has the mentor he needs to help him get there. If he remains in the top ten rated qbs, I think that qualifies.


Agree totally with this post. But, when a player is extremely accurate at times and then loses that accuracy it is a sign of either mental lapses, as in Romo, or coaching deficiency. All of Walsh's QBs talk about his mini camps starting with practicing the basic fundamentals...footwork on each drop, posture, eyes, etc. The QBs have to practice this often or they become sloppy just like any other aspect of life. Good practice leads to good performance when it counts.

That is why it bothered me so much in the past when people would post that Smith was an inaccurate QB. I just saw some bad throws as he was trying too hard to make something from nothing, not that he was incapable of throwing accurately. Harbaugh saw that and he is correcting the issue. If there is also a mental aspect to Smith's problems I haven't seen it this year.

The mental aspect was lack of confidence and in the past when he was blitzed, the "OH SHT", factor would kick in. He's actually one of the tops in the league while under duress this season - this in it's self is effing amazing.
Originally posted by mayo49:
Isn't a summary for the end?

synopsis
Originally posted by ObePwnD:
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Accuracy can be taught, it is all about throwing mechanics and footwork. Smiths mechanics have been poor and his release point was consistently high, that is why he sails passes sometimes. What blows my mind is how we never had coaches correct it, or maybe they never saw it. The Lincecum analogy works as pitching is about throwing mechanics too. I agree Smith has a way to go to be a top qb, but it looks to me that he finally has the mentor he needs to help him get there. If he remains in the top ten rated qbs, I think that qualifies.


Agree totally with this post. But, when a player is extremely accurate at times and then loses that accuracy it is a sign of either mental lapses, as in Romo, or coaching deficiency. All of Walsh's QBs talk about his mini camps starting with practicing the basic fundamentals...footwork on each drop, posture, eyes, etc. The QBs have to practice this often or they become sloppy just like any other aspect of life. Good practice leads to good performance when it counts.

That is why it bothered me so much in the past when people would post that Smith was an inaccurate QB. I just saw some bad throws as he was trying too hard to make something from nothing, not that he was incapable of throwing accurately. Harbaugh saw that and he is correcting the issue. If there is also a mental aspect to Smith's problems I haven't seen it this year.

The mental aspect was lack of confidence and in the past when he was blitzed, the "OH SHT", factor would kick in. He's actually one of the tops in the league while under duress this season - this in it's self is effing amazing.


Check out the numbers just posted in the official Smith thread about how he is doing on third and 8-10, they are pretty impressive as well. He is playing better all around it looks like. If this continues, we might have that franchise qb finally...guess better late than never.
Hopefully this keeps up and/or we can adjust accordingly when defenses gameplan for us:

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/07/do-not-blitz-alex-smith/

Smith says he's "excited" when he sees a blitz coming. Wideout Josh Morgan credits simplification of the team's system. Instead of relying on receivers to cut off their routes (and recognize the blitz), coach Jim Harbaugh inserted "blitz beating" routes into each play.
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by ObePwnD:
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Accuracy can be taught, it is all about throwing mechanics and footwork. Smiths mechanics have been poor and his release point was consistently high, that is why he sails passes sometimes. What blows my mind is how we never had coaches correct it, or maybe they never saw it. The Lincecum analogy works as pitching is about throwing mechanics too. I agree Smith has a way to go to be a top qb, but it looks to me that he finally has the mentor he needs to help him get there. If he remains in the top ten rated qbs, I think that qualifies.


Agree totally with this post. But, when a player is extremely accurate at times and then loses that accuracy it is a sign of either mental lapses, as in Romo, or coaching deficiency. All of Walsh's QBs talk about his mini camps starting with practicing the basic fundamentals...footwork on each drop, posture, eyes, etc. The QBs have to practice this often or they become sloppy just like any other aspect of life. Good practice leads to good performance when it counts.

That is why it bothered me so much in the past when people would post that Smith was an inaccurate QB. I just saw some bad throws as he was trying too hard to make something from nothing, not that he was incapable of throwing accurately. Harbaugh saw that and he is correcting the issue. If there is also a mental aspect to Smith's problems I haven't seen it this year.

The mental aspect was lack of confidence and in the past when he was blitzed, the "OH SHT", factor would kick in. He's actually one of the tops in the league while under duress this season - this in it's self is effing amazing.


Check out the numbers just posted in the official Smith thread about how he is doing on third and 8-10, they are pretty impressive as well. He is playing better all around it looks like. If this continues, we might have that franchise qb finally...guess better late than never.

And at age 26, that not too late. Still has quality years ahead of him.
I wonder what will happen on the WZ the week Alex has a bad game.
Originally posted by unst4bl3:
I wonder what will happen on the WZ the week Alex has a bad game.

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Originally posted by unst4bl3:
I wonder what will happen on the WZ the week Alex has a bad game.


Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by unst4bl3:
I wonder what will happen on the WZ the week Alex has a bad game.

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Yeah, some people will hold their breath, stomp and kick the cat, LOL. You know the funny thing is, while they say, "I have the right to be critical of mediocrity and suckism, , they're actually making azzes out of themselves. At least one of these dudes are older than me and I'm 44. It points to deeper, personal problems and needs - basically, "I'm a needy little me and my needs aren't being met". Childish and ghey. There's a proper and a stupid way to express yourself, most choose the latter of the two.