Pretty great weekend, right? Your morning coffee tastes a bit better, that loss your fantasy team took this weekend stings a little less, and you really don't mind the mountain of work emails presently sitting in your inbox.
Yes, the San Francisco 49ers are currently the toast of the NFL. After one week, it is safe to say the team is thus far living up to the sky-high expectations set upon them this summer. And with depth at almost every position, even if sudden tragedy were to occur, the Niners should be able to persevere without losing too much momentum. This is what great coaching and front office management looks like... the San Francisco 49ers are officially an elite NFL team.
That's why today, I am making somewhat of a fruitless, foolish effort to try to quell some of the nonsense that is happening in NinerTalk this week. A good amount of the fans here seem to get it, but I'm gonna try to speak to those that don't. I'm sure some will absolutely blast me for this, but whatever. I'm OK with it.
So let's try something. Please take a deep breath. Hold it. Now exhale. Feeling good? OK, here we go.
Here's the truth... The San Francisco 49ers have returned to greatness, and your whining needs to stop.
It's time to be happy fellas. It's time to stop picking apart these little flaws that you see in the team when you watch "the film" five times in a row. And it's especially time to stop believing you are smarter than the coaching staff and the front office.
U mad bro? I get it. It's cool. You don't have to agree. It's a free country, and I'm just another guy.
But with that said, here is my short list of things that we need to try to move past as a fanbase this season.
1. Lack of Media Respect & Power Rankings Issues - I don't get the obsession with Power Rankings. I suppose certain fans need the skill of their team to be validated by pundits' "lists of good." But aside from Pete Prisco's odd fascination with the Cardinals this off-season (seriously, that was extremely weird), the 49ers are pretty much sitting in the top-5 or top-3 of every list I've seen. So for you fans who are b***hing about the 49ers not being the absolute #1 team on every list, please stop. The 49ers are a great football team. Everyone knows this. Stop continuously seeking validation and screaming "east coast bias!"
Furthermore, stop looking to every media outlet to suddenly be praising the 49ers on high and devoting tons of airtime to the team. The 49ers have the game of the week for the second week in a row. At this point, if you're still unsatisfied with how much exposure the Niners are getting by the mainstream media, your expectations are too high (also, who gives a s**t about ESPN anymore, really).
2. Criticism of Players Who Don't Deserve It - Let's be clear- I am not talking about Alex Smith so much. I'm talking about those on this board who are blasting the players who are not permanent, standout, Pro Bowl studs. Look, I get that the bar has been raised. Yes, a good amount of the team is really, really, really damn good. But every player on an NFL roster is not going to the Pro Bowl. Players who have gotten that treatment this week include Dashon Goldson, Delanie Walker, Joe Staley, and even some going after Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman. And yes, I know I've been defending Walker a lot this year ever since that whole Coby-Fleener-movement happened (a lot of fans think he's the new Arnaz Battle a below-average holdover from a previous era).
Yet, the armchair, fan-coaching on this board is killing me so far this week. Not every player is going to be perfect all the time. They get tired, they get dinged, and they make mistakes like the rest of us. Please try to remember how awful some of the players used to be on the 49ers during the Nolan & Singletary eras (Kwame, Rumph, Sammy Davis, Mark Roman, etc) and keep things in perspective. Your take on Navorro Bowman's "lack-luster tackling efforts" or Randy Moss being "seemingly upset" about his role on offense are unfounded and uninformed. You are not Matt Maiocco. Stop looking for issues that aren't issues.
3. The Randy Moss/Alex Smith Thing - Here's your flame bait, you flamey flamers. I'm already exhausted of the "Alex needs to throw the deep ball to Randy" debates. Let's just accept that Alex Smith is a game manager. Let's also accept that he's become a REALLY GOOD game manager. You know who's a BAD game manager? Matt Cassell. Or Ryan Fitzpatrick. Meanwhile, Alex claimed that Steve Young "number of passes without INT's" record this weekend playing his way, the way that got the 49ers to the NFC Championship game with practically no healthy wide receivers.
So you guys need to stop rewinding the DVR and examining coverages and realize that Harbaugh, Roman, & Alex are killing it on offense right now. Efficiency is the name of the game. I can't take anymore of fans b***hing about Alex "not throwing down-field to Randy when he's got single coverage." You want to b***h about Alex holding the ball too long? I'm OK with that. Alex overthrows this guy or that guy? Sure, whatever (though again, every player cannot be a Pro Bowler). But the 49ers offensive coaching staff is currently reaching levels of brilliance we haven't seen since the Walsh-era. Embrace the efficiency damnit. Stop screaming "RAAAAAAAANDY!" at the television, Jeff Kaplan.
I'm sure we will see some deep balls in the weeks to come, but the lack of trust being put in the offensive minds at the moment hurts my soul. Let the Randy Moss obsession go. The 49ers are not the New England Patriots or the New Orleans Saints. They are a west coast offense, hard-nosed running team. Breathe it in. Embrace it. Love it.
So that's all I have to say. Yes, you are allowed to speak your opinion, but damnit if there is any time we should be drinking the Kool-Aid, it's now. GO NINERS.
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