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Guess What? Now we're "Old Fashioned."

The real question here is: Why do you care?

You don't even know these people. You'll never meet them in your life. Who cares what they think? We're 2-0. We are clicking on all cylinders. We have another big NFC North matchup headed to Minnesota. I couldn't give less of a damn what some clueless beat writer in New York or Philadelphia thinks.
Originally posted by SmileyJetson:
The real question here is: Why do you care?

You don't even know these people. You'll never meet them in your life. Who cares what they think? We're 2-0. We are clicking on all cylinders. We have another big NFC North matchup headed to Minnesota. I couldn't give less of a damn what some clueless beat writer in New York or Philadelphia thinks.

We really are not, yet. Still a lot of room for improvement there, particularly with passing (catching).
When we are clicking on all cylinders... LOOK OUT!!!
Who cares what they think or label this team? If the Niners carry on with their dominance and win their 6th Super Bowl, it won't matter what is said or written about how they got there.
When we ran the WCO in the 80's, they called us finesse and those East Coast styles a true football offense.

Now we run the WCO during the spread (finesse) era and they call us Old Fashioned and their East Coast style as what it takes to win.


WC can't ever win.
Isnt old fashioned a compliment? Who doesnt like old fashioned smash mouth football?
Originally posted by Overkill:
We're old fashioned because Harbaugh didn't fall for the cult of QB stuff that grew up around guys like Rodgers, Brees, Peyton, and Brady. No team can win without going to a spread style, passing dominated offense - "the rules have changed". Remember that crap? That was the supposed "new" NFL style. Hello, Detroit.

We're showing football is still a team sport. We're winning because we have perhaps the deepest roster in football and can win in all three phases of the game.

I'll take the "old fashioned" label and wear it with pride.

This man speaks for me!!!
Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by islavistan:
You always see new coaches come in and want to change the personnel on the team to fit their new philosophy. Its great to see Harbaugh take this team, identify it's strengths and weaknesses, and then tweak his philosophy to maximize that talent. I know that seems like Coaching 101, just amazing to see how fast he was able to right the ship.

Well, we had been accumulating some good players. Our player development and our coaching was useless, though.

Not hard to do when you're sub 500 for 8 years straight.....
All I know is, is when I watched our first two games, I got this strange 90's feeling all over again. The offense seemed very iridescent to the 49ers of the 90's. I really can't explain it, but its given me the chills!
Originally posted by NickSh49:
#WhinerTalk

Not everyone in the media is gonna universally love the 2012 49ers. Get over it.

It's a fact that the media will not always praise your team but that doesn't mean that we have to agree with it. Besides isn't that what forums like this are for?
To me, it is totally bias.
They weren't calling the Vikings a few years ago, "Old Fashioned" when AP was tearing it up. They were propping them up.
Originally posted by Joecool:
To me, it is totally bias.
They weren't calling the Vikings a few years ago, "Old Fashioned" when AP was tearing it up. They were propping them up.

I think it has more to do with our dink and dunk style and lack of deep ball passing. At the end of the day the NFL wants to see us throw it downfield for the highlight reel.
Originally posted by SmileyJetson:
The real question here is: Why do you care?

You don't even know these people. You'll never meet them in your life. Who cares what they think? We're 2-0. We are clicking on all cylinders. We have another big NFC North matchup headed to Minnesota. I couldn't give less of a damn what some clueless beat writer in New York or Philadelphia thinks.

That's a good question. It really is. You're right. I'll never meet these people. Who cares what they think. And why should I care. All valid questions.

I suppose I harken back to the time when the 49ers were the class of the NFL and were given their appropriate due. Some writers tried to stick us with the finesse tag, but after four or five Super Bowl trophies, everyone knew it wasn't "finesse" that was kicking the NFL's collective hiney. We were recognized as the greatest franchise in the NFL with some of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of cleats.

Keep in mind -- this was when the media was even MORE East Coast dominant. You didn't have nearly as many networks focused on sports and sports only as you have now. My God, you didn't even have this thing called the "internets." Nor this time waster called 49ers Webzone.

We STILL got our due. We were the class of the NFL. All of the NFL pregame shows were generated out of New York. And the 49ers led EACH and EVERY one of them.

Different times now. Perhaps due will come with time.
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Originally posted by Joecool:
To me, it is totally bias.
They weren't calling the Vikings a few years ago, "Old Fashioned" when AP was tearing it up. They were propping them up.

I think it has more to do with our dink and dunk style and lack of deep ball passing. At the end of the day the NFL wants to see us throw it downfield for the highlight reel.

We're 11th overall in yards per attempt. No dinking or dunking going on here...
Again, this is another time I'm confused by what I have seen and what is described here. Quite a bit of people on ESPN have followed up their "old fashioned" playing style with comments of how this is the most complete team, and how it has been the best team in the NFL so far

Unless this is some sort of ploy to try to keep us as underdogs. The problem is, with the amount of praise I've seen, we're not underdogs anymore. There comes a point in a team's progress where they have to stop trying to use the "underdog" motivation, or "wanting to fly under the radar" reason to go all the way to the Super Bowl. It then becomes about sustaining that success and always improving for as long as humanly possible.
Originally posted by Furlow:
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Originally posted by Joecool:
To me, it is totally bias.
They weren't calling the Vikings a few years ago, "Old Fashioned" when AP was tearing it up. They were propping them up.

I think it has more to do with our dink and dunk style and lack of deep ball passing. At the end of the day the NFL wants to see us throw it downfield for the highlight reel.

We're 11th overall in yards per attempt. No dinking or dunking going on here...

It's because we aren't throwing jump balls left and right that get picked, get hard hits, or get acrobatic catches.