Originally posted by billbird2111:
I am a fifty year old 49er fan. I watched Joe Montana win his first Superbowl in front of an old 20 inch color TV in the recreation room at Homan Hall at Fresno State with fifty other students who had gathered to watch the big game. I lived through the glory years. I lived through the good times and died just a little during the bad times. In the words of the radio announcer from a League of Their Own: "I have seen enough to know I have seen too much."
We're 1-2. We just lost to a team we shouldn't have lost too. We just didn't lose. We got our butts handed to us. Our best pass rusher is a drunk headed off to rehab. Our 2nd year QB looks like he's never seen, let alone thrown, a football before. Our best running back is peeved at his head coach. Our best linebacker got hurt and may miss a few games. Things are looking bad.
I'm here to tell you that I have seen this before. I have seen it all. And I'm here to tell you "don't worry." Things are going to be alright.
In 1982, I watched a Super Bowl defending champion get smashed the following season, shortened by a strike year, where they finished 3-6. "Big deal," you say? "They were on strike!" Well, to be brutally honest, most of the 49ers weren't. Joe Montana, Dwight Clark, Freddie Solomon and many others crossed those picket lines in defiance. End result? A bunch of replacement players smashed their collective teeth in. Montana couldn't complete a pass to save his life. Our defense was swiss cheese.
An even better example came in 1988. The 49ers stumbled out of the gate to a 6-5 start. This included a 9-3 loss to the RAIDERS, people. Think about it! A team comprised of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Roger Craig and so many others put up a measley three points against THE RAIDERS. Think that made the beat writers happy? There were whispers that Bill Walsh had "lost his touch" as head coach. There were "rumors" that he'd "lost the team."
That '88 team, by the way, would recover and go onto win the Super Bowl. It was Bill's final year. George Seifert replaced him and a year later the 49ers were back in the big game where they proceeded to absolutely DISMANTLE John Elway and the Denver Broncos in the most lopsided Super Bowl ever played.
Don't try to tell me that it was a different game back then. It wasn't. The rules were, for the most part, the same. A pigskin was a pigskin. The QB was still the QB.
The point I'm trying to make here is this: We've stumbled out of the gate to a 1-2 start, just as we did in 1981 when we won our first Super Bowl. And, just like 1981, we've looked terrible to boot.
Don't worry about it. Tomorrow is another day. Jim Harbaugh hasn't forgotten how to coach. Trust me when I tell you that he hasn't "lost the team." CK7 hasn't forgotten how to play the position of QB. Greg Roman is still a fine Offensive Coordinator.
We're 1-2. In the big scheme of things? It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter whether Seattle won or lost. We can't control what they do. So when a sportscaster makes a snide remark of referring to Seattle's QB as "the best QB in the NFC West," smile a bit and let it roll off your shoulders.
This is a long journey. We're just getting started. Smile. Today is a new day.
I'm 45, I was there too. I actually attended that first Super Bowl in Pontiac, MI. That was a good post and some perspective is a good thing.
The current 49ers are loaded with talent, but this transition to Kaepernick and change in offensive style is significant. They did it to give an octane boost to the offense last year, and that worked, but this year the bloom is off the rose and it's getting stuffed. In the Walsh era, Walsh was simply a better coach than almost everyone else and he consistently out schemed to opposition. Week-in and week-out, regardless of the parts, Walsh's offense was moving the ball and putting points on the board. When the Niners started assembling great defenses to match the offensive production the championships started tumbling in.
Our current Niners have been built the past 5-6 years on stout defense. With Smith the offense went from crappy, to competent, to good, and that got them close to a Super Bowl. The switch to Kaepernick was ballsy and definitely added a quick strike dimension, but as we are seeing, he is backsliding and the surprise of last year's novel attack has worn off.
It's certainly not helping that the Niners don't have great receivers, but Roman isn't in the same universe as Bill Walsh in terms of giving his team a consistent advantage to win every week. Kaepernick, I'm not sold on yet. Too much windup on his rocket launch passes and not enough reading and audibles and making a team pay with QB smarts like Montana, Young, and to a lesser extent, Smith. For the Niners to succeed with Kaepernick I think they need a stable of excellent receivers the way the Miami Dolphins did with Dan Marino. Find guys who can get separation, and then just let Kaepernick fire them the ball.