I know this is all tough to swallow now, but guys, there is still plenty of season left. This is the most unpredictable league out of all the four major sports, and we still have a solid chance to get into the playoffs. I know, with the way our team is playing right now it doesn't even look like we will finish the season 8-8, but there's still a chance our team makes the necessary changes in order for us to get back on track. Here's some reasons for optimism.
- We have a history of starting the season slow. Best example, our 2003 season. We dropped our first two games and were 2-3 after week 5. However, we were able to win 9 straight and clinch home field throughout the playoffs. I know, it's not the same kind of team, but we are loaded with talent, guys this good will breakout sooner than later.
- Our division opponents are not as good as advertised: Let me first start off with the Cowboys. They too are loaded with talent, yet it seems as if Romo has a gene inside him to choke when the game is on the line. That team just makes too many mental mistakes, especially on the offensive side. The Redskins may be 3-1, but this team has not done a lot to impress me. Let's look at the teams they beat. Week 1 they played an injury plagued Giants team, Week 2 they barely beat the struggling Cardinals. and they were able to beat the lowly Rams today. Wait until they play a good, solid football team. Do they have a solid defense and run game? Yes, but this is a passing league and I know Rex will not be able to lead this team to a division title. That leaves me with the Giants, who are also sitting at 3-1. First off, I must say that I am very impressed with what they have done due to all the injuries they suffered. This team comes to play each game, each quarter, each drive, each play. I am worried about them the most, but again, look at the competition they faced. The Rams and Cardinals are not good football teams. It also looked like they struggled to beat St. Louis. This team is simply too banged up to play at a high level throughout the entire season.
- This team needs a little more time to gel: Our offense is missing that big play ability it once had, yet today we were able to see Vick hit Desean on a couple of deep balls. Our O-line is playing pretty decent, and our run game looks to be solid. Vick has looked good against St. Louis, Atlanta and he was pretty solid today. Technically he has 3 picks, but 2 of them can not be blamed on him. The pick he threw against the Falcons hit the ground, and Steve Smith was unable to haul in a catchable ball that bounced off of him. He also looked more comfortable today, dodging numerous defenders and making plays from inside and outside the pocket. Our defense is a complete mess, but it's still a new system that everyone is learning. A new system combined with the lockout has us struggling. However, the real problem IMO is the lack of execution. Sure our linebackers are not that great, but they still have the ability to make those wrap up tackles. Juan is bad, I thought he had a disciplinary mentality but I was wrong. This group really needs to brush up on their fundamentals.
Look, this is probably the worst loss I have witnessed. I am literally exhausted because of everything that happened today. It took me a couple of hours to calm down, and yet I'm still in shock of our lack luster play. The only thing I'm thinking about it is our next game in Buffalo. They looked pretty bad against a horrid Bengals team, but they are capable of putting points on the board. I just hope we make some more tweaks to fix our problems. Hopefully our coaches can get the players to play hard because I saw this defense take this weak 49ers offense lightly, it looked like everyone gave up on that first Tom Brady, excuse me, Alex Smith touchdown pass. However, I have faith (though not too much) that we can turn things around. Let's go birds.