First, great thread thus far....a lot of excellent points.
To address the original question....Is our offense playoff ready or do we need some serious help? I think it is actually somewhere in between those parameters.
That being said, if the team is going to succeed in the playoffs, some improvement is essential...
1) Despite the performances of the past two games, the OL has shown remarkable improvement from the beginning of the season. When Snyder replaced Rachal, A Davis started playing up to his potential because he had a trusted vet next to him. A healthy Snyder is vital for playoff success so it might be a good idea to give him a couple of games off before the playoffs so he can heal up.
2) As many of you have stated, the team needs to cut down on its number of dropped passes.
Can you imagine where Alex's stats would be this year if he had the Packers' receiving corps to throw to?
3) I know he has disappointed in general but this team must have Braylon Edwards healthy for the playoffs. Before he got hurt, he showed he could be the missing piece of that offense....a big, tall receiver that could jump for the ball above DBs... A healthy Edwards would provide that red-zone threat that is absolutely missing from the team now.
If that requires him to sit out the rest of the regular season, so be it.
4) I also agree that the play-calling in the red zone needs to improve. The Niners still seem to think that they can just run it in to the end zone when they get inside the other team's 20 yard line. Take a page from the Bill Walsh offense and try some high percentage throws to the RBs and let them run it in.
Think Kendall Hunter here.
5) The Niners do need to take better advantage of their quick wideouts. Loved what they did yesterday...handing the ball off to K Williams and Ginn. More of that kind of creativity and then trying to get those guys matched up one on one with one DB would be really helpful in the playoffs.
A couple of other points...
Alex can actually throw the deep ball
. Threw a few perfect
passes yesterday that covered 30 yards or more. Yes, he missed a couple of opportunities too but the point is he is showing improvement in that area
. Even Brady and Rodgers miss wide open long passes.
The defense is actually improving as the season progresses
, particularly the pass defense
. Fangio has just done a fabulous job with these guys.
The team really misses Joshua Morgan because he was often a target on third downs, and he did really well in that role. Someone (Crabtree, Walker, K Williams) has to step up and step in to that role so the team can improve its 3rd down conversion rate before the playoffs begin.
Thanks to all you Zoners who actually read this long post...