Ok, the tie is "like kissing your sister", but this tie was just a downright gift. COY??? That was last yr. This yr, Jeff Fisher may have earned the title in one game...and that was against us....the team whose HC, DC and ST coaches all failed to appear. What in the world was that about? A fake punt that actually works on 4th down...caught us with our pants down. That wouldn't happen again in yrs...until about 30 minutes later, when Fisher did it AGAIN!. Good grief, wake the sleeping HC, ST coach, and DC. As for Fangio, he covered himself not in glory but in mediocrity. Bradford is a great QB when he sits there unmolested, looks all day, finds Olmendal(sp) and finds him for what, 12 catches? Put pressure on Bradford and he looks just like brees, brady, eli, alex, under lots of blitzing pressure...ie, not very good. But when we needed to pressure Bradford, basically all game, did Fangio blitz? Heck no, he rushes front 3 or 4 and plays not to lose, giving up one complete pass after another. I'm no football genius, but when you got a guy you can rattle, that's what you do. You blitz him until he cries uncle...or loses. Instead, Fangio just had CBs and DBs drop back and prevent a deep one...which happened twice anyway.
Fangio, my man. Don't worry about HC next yr elsewhere bubba; anybody who sees this game film wouldn't even consider you. I am beginning to wonder if WE have the right guy at DC. Really wonder. As for our HC, he looked like a guy who missed the last nite's sleep, and functioned accordingly. The two fake punts..ST's fault, but ST reports to HC...who is ultimately responsible. Worse, once the NFL unprepared Kap comes in, when we obviously need to complete a couple passes late in OT, he has him drop back 7 steps? and get sacked? You gotta be kidding. Everyone in the building knew the BIG RUSH was coming except....KAP and Coach Harbaugh. In that situation, you snap it and sling it. 1 stepper. That's it. This business of last two plays of OT having long drop backs is exactly what D is looking and praying for. And we did, and Kap ended it there.
Kap? Sure he looked great on that TD run, but when he saw that pressure coming had no idea what to do. He completed one to maybe crbs, maybe a few others, but that was about it. Deer in the headlights, here we come. Kap is a great talent who needs a bit more time watching and learning how to play QB in the NFL.....say about 2-3 yrs more. Starter, or satisfactory replacement for alex....fugggedaboudit.
OC/HC Unnnnhhhh....maybe after first 5 or 6 plays where Frank got mugged, it was obvious the Rams had a spy on him, and not until he ran wide did he disrupt the rams D. The O gameplan was awful. D gameplan was worse. Coach of week? jeff fisher. COY? Oh how the mighty have fallen. Still my main man, but wow, did he ever disappoint. STs? Good grief what can be said other than awful on coverage, and the punt fakes....Oh boy. So even with that we still almost win until Mr Reliable, Akers, misses from 41 yds. True our D did push the Rams kicker back but except for their 13 or , maybe 14 penalties, the last one being motion or too much time, pushed him back 5 yrds too much. I guess in retrospect, neither team deserved to win, but the Rams should have. Penalties killed them. Our coaching , our highpoint usually , killed us. Frank was magnificent, but Rams OL and DL were impressive and beat us frequently. We beat them sometimes too.
Neither team played well enough to win, neither played badly enough to lose. It was, in the parlance, like kissing your sister...a tie.
[ Edited by pasodoc9er on Nov 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM ]