Originally posted by mjboot:
I wanted dalton but was picked 1 spot ahead of the 49ers. We willl see which one of the 2 turn out the best in 2 years. Dalton seems to be ahead at the moment. Imagine if the 49ers took dalton I think the 49ers would of won it all.
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
In the last month, you and Joecool are the two guys I find my self reading and thinking, "Yeah, what he said!" It's not about about bashing/hating/or praising. Its about how this team can get better. And I agree, no matter how good your D is, you can only win if you score points. A dominant D is good for keeping you in every game, but to win on a consistent basis your O has to score. Too many games this year came down to the wire when they should have been complete blow outs, like the Bucs game.
The Saints had a couple of special teams muffs and fumbles too.
Hate to say it, but I think we beat the better team, then lost to the worse team. When your team relies on defense and special teams, the games are always down to the wire. Its tough to consistently win that way every game, every year.
So here is a legit question for anyone: When your D is as good as ours, does it make sense for the O to play more conservative and win the TO battle or should our O be more aggressive knowing our D can probably hold? Just curious what everyone thinks.
All a moot question if williams doesn't have freak fumbles.
But every season is different I guess. Of course a better Offense would help out. Specifically, a ball control offense would be the best thing possible for a Defense sot hat they can stay fresh. Scoring also help because it can lead to making the other team one dimensional. With the niners this didn't matter much because teams became one dimensional the moment they stepped foot on the field.
The niners did not show the ability to pass for longer 3rd downs (we can argue the reasons) Longer third downs I will give some blame to Smith because I believe he was coached to not push it unless the situation dictated that he had to on those longer 3rd downs. I think that the lack of a big play receiver that could win a matchup or force a double team made this more of an issue.
On shorter running downs it was my impression that the team was very ineffective for a majority of the season. One player I would like to see gone this next season is Anthony Dixon. I would love to see a power back that actually is a load on those short downs. One that runs with great downfield momentum. If we convert a few more of those then it will make a big difference.
I believe that alex would have more confidence throwing tighter throws with a security blanket-type receiver. I thought that Edwards was that guy at the beginning of the year. I remember Alex throwing some balls up there for him, and hitting him on many of the longer 3rd down pass plays. I think that all changed when Braylon didn't make an effort on the deep pass in the baltimore game, and as he got injured they lost some of that chemistry.
A reliable se4curity (aka BIG with great hands) receiver is the minimum that this offense needs. If that person can be a matchup problem for defenses, then we might see something much better with our receiving corps. If Alex gets that guy next season, and the rest of the offense stays basically intact AND he is still not lettign it rip more often, then we can either know that he is just too timid, or he is being specifically coached to do that by Harbaugh (or possibly a combination).