Just one thing I've noticed this year (being at the games) is the explicit displays of frustration by WRs, out on the field right after a play. This isn't college where a guy has to have 2 yards on the DB to be "open". In the NFL half a step is "open", and Alex Smith consistently either, A) doesn't see them, or B) doesn't have the confidence to make the throw. It's not just Moss, although I've seen it more from him than anyone else. On Sunday there was a play in 2nd Qtr where Laurinaitis, yes, a LB, ended up covering Moss 30+ yards downfield and Smith didn't see it. And with Moss, he doesn't even have to be open, if he's singled up just give him a chance to make the play...and he's done it plenty of times even if he's doubled.
Also saw that hold-the-ball-too-long hesiation with Kaepernick, although it's hard to fault him when this is the first "real" playing time he's seen. That raises another issue...my belief is that if you're going to have an inexperienced young QB as the backup, then you HAVE to get him some meaningful snaps in games, and no, not just the cutesy Wildcat plays here and there. Moot point now, since hopefully his stint in the Rams game will pay dividends.
If the Vikings game raised an eyebrow, and the Giants game a red flag, then by now the PANIC button should be getting pushed re: the Niners run D, especially up the middle. Coupled with their inability to consistently pressure the QB and propensity to get toasted by quick slot receivers, it really is a pretty shocking dropoff from last year. I never expected them to have another +30 t/o ratio, but I just didn't see them underperforming like this. I know, they're still statistically not giving up a lot of points, but if they don't get things fixed pretty quick then they're going to find themselves having to scrap just to make the playoffs. Oh well, good thing their top 2 draft picks were a WR and RB that haven't even dressed yet...not like they could have added any defensive depth with those picks.
And STs, I think "disaster" isn't too far from accurate. Cover teams have been abysmal, particularly on punts, and Akers....well, you know. I'm not really into capology and all that, but just seems that letting Jones and especially Costanzo go were mistakes, especially in light of the fact that they spent X-million $ for Brandon Jacobs...I think he has at least suited up once or twice this year, right?
4 of next 7 games are on the road, and that's with two separate 2-consecutive away games. Next 3 games are tough, Bears, @ NO, @ STL. 3-0 would be awesome, 2-1 is what I'm realistically hoping for, 1-2 digs a little bit of a hole, 0-3 would be a disaster.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Nov 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM ]