Comments on your comments :)
1. As an ASmith supporter and also one not to buy hype - have to 100% agree. It was astounding he played so poised and efficiently. His throws were beautiful. It will be hard to go back to the game style of ASmith now. BUT - the Bears were surprisingly bland on defense - and they paid dearly for it. The test will come when CK faces a defense throwing a lot of coverage schemes and disguises at him. By what he showed last night, I expect him to handle it just fine. WOW.
2. Aldon Smith - he'll get the record. That performance may actually pay big dividends to the rest of the guys - expect McDonald, Brooks to get to the QB more going forward. Aldon will now draw all kinds of blocking emphasis leaving others 1-1 all the time.
3. Bowman - he is getting credit he deserves, but not only is Willis covering (which is interesting because Bowman looks faster), Willis is taking on a lot of blocks and lanes that free Bowman to the ball. Willis may not have the numbers, but his savy is making this work.
3A. BROOKS - Watch him - he is amazingly solid in all aspects. Truly unsung. Front side runs, he is stout and sheds to tackle really well. Backside runs, his pursuit is perfect. Contain - rarely makes a misread error. Pass rush - he get's there! And when he connects, it's hard. He doesn't pull guys down like Aldon - he slams them. :) I think the coaches and personnel department we right on that contract. Fans may not see the $40MM value - but the coaches saw it on the film.
4. O-Line - they were particularly clean and dominant last night. They seemed very smooth picking up stunts and compensating for penetration. There were only two blown blocks that I saw - Goodwin and Davis each had one blown assignment. They still aren't very good in space on screens - they seem to go right by the most threatening defender.
5. Justin Smith - DUDE, that guy's motor is unreal. He must infuriate Olinemen with his relentlessness. As a matter of fact, comparatively Aldon seems to shift down a gear when the play flows away from him. But he does it so consistently, maybe that is his assignment.
6. O Gameplan - Very good. Roman's pass plays are still relatively simplistic - but CK made them work :) The run innovation is extra-ordinary. I'm not sure there are many teams that can duplicate it though. Most teams are still spending "80%" of their time on the passing game, and I doubt they will commit to developing the run game like the 49ers have for two seasons. Think about the timing and repetition required to make it work so well for so many different plays - with two backs that have slightly different timing (Gore and Hunter). The timing was unbelievebale last night for the back to arrive just as the blocks were creating the crease. Hopefully with the run game fully maturing, the passing game will start to develop as well.
7. Crabs - Agree - he is running really fearlessly now.
8. VD - Okay - what the heck. I hate to say it but he looked much better (more natural) catching the ball last night! If that is due to CK's better throws, ouch. How do you not start CK. Kudos for VD for being a huge team and loyal guy - he still stands by Alex. That is being a man. Admire VD more now than ever. What a great team mate.
9. Frank - he's not taking the pounding he was under the neolithic run scheme in the Sing era. And he looks fresh. I have to retract my thought that he lost a step. Sure, he's not the same as 5 years ago, but he certainly has more burst than I expected. (PS - Hunter is amazingly quick and decisive to the hole for such a small back - damn. Kudos to him as well.)
10. Attitude - still perplexed on how a JH team comes out flat sometimes? In the losses to Vikings and Giants, and first few series of the Rams game, the defense looks flat footed and passive. When they come out ready - they are overwhelming quickly.
Can't wait for the Saint's game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!