Originally posted by mike:
Originally posted by Leathaface:
Kyle Williams, despite whatever he does, will always be remembered as the guy who cost the 49ers a legit chance to win a Super Bowl.
He has no chance for redemption unless we win a title with him making a big contribution (both of which are unlikely).
Our chance to win a SB was this year...and Kyle Williams is THE main reason we didn't see it happen. f**k HIM.
I thought 3 for 13 on 3rd downs, the fact that we had the opportunity to march down the field and get a field goal but NO we had another 3 and out instead, was the main reason we lost?
I'll try to come up with an analogy here, say a chicken is crossing the road, it has like 9 opportunities to cross that road, but instead stands right in the middle of the lane. When a car finally hits it, you blame the car?
Williams just sealed the deal, obviously you want a receiver who's like 5th or 6th on the depth chart to step up but that's a ton of pressure for someone who never usually even starts. We weren't getting the usual turnovers(we'd have been decimated against the saints the previous week without those turnovers), it was just a matter of time before our 3 and outs caught up to us.
I remember one of the commentators saying that the Patriots failed to take advantage of opportunities in their first superbowl meeting against the Giants, ultimately that's how I see our game against them. A bunch of failed chances to make game changing plays. When a game changing play inevitably goes there way you can't just blame the guy who hammered the last nail in the coffin.
If you boo him you should also boo alex and crabtree.
I agree that the offense is also to blame in this loss. I'm a huge Alex Smith "hater" and have consistently said he's nothing more than an average (at best) NFL QB. We also got away from the run game which was working. We also gave the ball to Dixon for some strange reason. We also were too conservative to go for it on 4th and inches despite our O winning the battle at the line at the time. I'm not absolving the offense. We also got screwed by the refs (but that's another thread).
We were terrible on 3rd downs all season long. We put pressure on our D to win us games and you know what...they were good enough to do it all year long as long as we didn't turn the ball over.
If you honestly believe our lack of 3rd down efficiency is more to blame than KWs THREE fumbles, then I have nothing more to say. Without those fumbles, we save more than 3 points and probably win the SB.