BUILDING A BULLY - After demolishing the Jets and Bills, there was a thread making reference to Baalke's statement a year ago that he "wants to build a bully." I agree with building thorough dominance, but that idea of "bully" seemed unsettling to me. NOW we know why - Bully beat up on the weak and shrink from a real challenge. The Giants unfortunately showed us that.
Harbaugh has done a great job turning the franchise around, now they need to pride themselves not just on winning, but winning the toughest games.
CK - This started out as a good change up. Sunday it became something different - CK seemed to be getting real playing time - not just one play at a time. This felt like a coaching staff grooming a guy, not a Tebow experiment. The MOST TELLING play was when CK came in to make the down the field strike to Manningham just before the half. When the 49ers needed a critical deep throw they turned to CK - not their starter.
SMITH - I've been wanting to see him take more chances and "stick some throws in there." Wow, now I see why he only throws to blatantly wide open receivers and focuses on safe ball placement. He seems incapable of making stick throws - they float, they go high, but they don't arrive like lasers. In a game with Eli and CK making stick throws, it was painful to watch - and I'm a Smith fan!
GAMEPLAN - Wow, got way too cute and then didn't know how to recover. By the second quarter it was apparent the 49ers needed to go back to their fundamentals of success. But instead, the Coaching kept trying to be creative. And got embarassed for it.
COACHING - Welcome to the NFL, where a truly successful team needs to have an plan and ability to come from behind. Can they do it? Do they have the talent? This will be the tale of the season.