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Niners should still be optimistic after loss

Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:05 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 12:10 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Unfortunately for the San Francisco 49ers, 1:14 on the clock with two timeouts and Drew Brees under center is just a little too much to leave out on the field when you score. Clearly they couldn't have purposely left any more time on the clock when Frank Gore punctuated a thrilling drive with a seven-yard rush, but expecting anything less from the defending champs would have been silly. Indeed, they finished the game off with a 37-yard Garrett Hartley kick (which may or may not have been blocked IN) amid swirling winds.

Still, for a team that's 0-2 and suffered a complete travashamockery of an embarrassment in Week 1 at Seattle, things could be worse for San Francisco.

For starters, they have talent. No one's questioning whether or not Michael CrabtreeVernon Davis and Josh Morgan are good -- the biggest issue was Alex Smith actually being able to get them the ball. He did that Monday night, and despite registering two picks, he did it well, racking up 275 yards.

Then there's Frank Gore, who looked as explosive as he ever has while piling up 112 yards on 20 carries (including a touchdown) and 56 receiving yards on seven catches (also including a touchdown). As long as he's healthy, that team will be able to stay in games.

Before we get to the most important part, mentioning Mike Singletary is key: look at the team that showed up in Candlestick Park tonight, now look back at the team that showed up in Seattle, now back to Candlestick, now back to Seattle, look, it's a horse! Whatever, the point is that they're complete opposites and judging the Niners hopes for the 2010 season based on that first game (or the first snap against the Saints ) makes about as much as a dude on a horse's body pimping men's body wash.

And the reason the two teams look different is that Singletary, for all his bonkos quotes, got his team prepared. He may have killed a rat, or shut down Yahoo!, or something, but he got his team motivated (yet again), and there's a good chance you'll see him do an increasingly good job of it as the season goes along.

As to the biggest point -- they play in the NFC West, the weakest-sauced of the weak when it comes to divisions. Arizona and Seattle are tied for first at 1-1 and those two teams just got a thankful paddling from Atlanta and Denver, respectively. Remove St. Louis from the equation and remember that at some point Matt Hasselbeck will get injured and Derek Anderson will remember he's Derek Anderson ... this is still a division that an 0-2 49ers team can take down.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:30 pm

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:20 pm

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

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Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:16 pm

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

Funny - you blame Smith for the 2 Ints and at the same time admit that they were both on tipped passes. One by Gore that had Gore not slipped was a 1st down and had Gore just let it go would have been an incomplete pass.

the other was a great play by a LB, getting a hand on a ball and tipping it. That's NFL football and you can't blame Smith - he made a good read and threw a nice pass. The D got a hand on it - it happens. Hell, it happened to Brees except the ball was swatted right back to him.

You sound less than intelligent when you place blame on Smith while in the same sentence state that there were tipped passes. HTH

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:54 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

The Niners O-line and D-line were impressive.  Out of the shotgun, Smith is tough to defend.  Continued play like this will make this young team dangerous.  Prediction - 49ers right the ship and finish 10-6.

Self-discipline and self-control made the big difference between the Saints and the Niners.  Even though the Niners seemed capable of physically bullying the Saints, Brees and the Saints defense were patient, controlled and played fundamentally sound football.  The types of mistakes the Niners made are not uncommon on young teams.  But if the 49ers can match self-discipline with their physical talents, they'll be a dangerous team come January. 

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:51 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

whoever your team is, you're just scared to see us in the playoffs and you will. so shut your hole.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:44 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

Niners looked good out there!  Smith looked like a REAL qb!  Gore, Willis, Davis!  NICE JOB!  The division is still ours for the taking! 

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:26 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

Only a "I'm not gonna say it" fan would take a MORAL victory. A loss is a loss, AS has a good game, shouldn't that be expected, going into his 6th season as a pro, and being the overall #1 pick??? No other team is allowed to take moral victories, not even Detroit, why should the niners, especially in their crappy division..

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:19 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

Ignore him he's a Raiders fan. And since they are 1-1 they are still in it for the superbowl thanks to their 2 point trouncing of the Rams at home. 

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:25 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

lol niners suck there season is over who cares if you hung with superbowl champs the thing is a loss is a loss and lol your 0-2 kiss your season goodbuy lol high hopes are dashed

...have you seen the division they play in?

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 7:42 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

Smith played well.
Gore looked great.
Vernon Davis finally touches the ball.
......and even with four turnovers stood toe to toe with the champs
Minus mistakes by niners and they win that game, can't turn the ball over in the NFL.

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