Originally posted by oldninerdude:
Originally posted by NinerGM:
Yeah, this is a huge concern.
I totally agree that we need to have a killer instinct. The 49ers can't "win the half" and expect teams to just give up and wait for them to make mistakes. They want to win as much as we do. Pile up so many points where it makes it impossible to win. Rest players. Finish off games early. The offense could have created a situation where Justin doesn't need to play the 2nd half.
That being said I am VERY concerned that Smith won't be playing the next game. It absolutely affects our pass-rush. RJF must demand a double-team or someone else must step up and create serious heat - every down while not giving up huge holes for Lynch.
Last time Justin went out of a game (against San Diego IIRC) it was because he bumped a ref and got tossed (bad call, he didn't know it was a ref), and when he did, the defense folded right up. That was pre-Harbaugh, tho.
I just hope that, with a week to prep knowing that Justin won't be in there, the others step up.
RJF is extremely strong, and if he shows some pressure early it may result in them double teaming him.
Mostly its just gonna be a question of how they replace Justin's nonstop motor on every down. IMHO.
I have to say this...
I think the "Justin was out so we starting getting torn up" thing is WAY overblown. I'm pretty sure the Pats scored their first 2 TDs with Justin on the field, so it's not like he left and the floodgates opened. Moreover, the Niners made 2 HUGE stops with Ricky Jean-Francois on the field at the end including a sack by Ricky. Aldon and Justin hadn't sacked Brady all night.
Justin is a MONSTER and we need him back, but I don't think Justin was the reason we gave up points in bunches. I think thats way to simplistic.
The D gave up that many points because they relaxed when they were way up, the Pats got into a rythm and when they do that it's nearly impossible to turn the "ON" switch back on again...especially when the other team is snapping the ball every 25 seconds and runs 90+ freakin plays.
Also...the Niners WERE stopping the Pats. they KILLED them on 3rd down. The Pats were coming back because they were taking BIG chances while way down...like going for it 6 times on 4th down. If the Niners hadn't been so far ahead, the Pats wouldn't have been playing like that and wouldn't have scored so many points.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Dec 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM ]