NFL  > San Francisco 49ers  > Cautious optimism
September 21, 2010, 10:29 AM
There have been very few losses by the Niners that didn???t have spittle bubbles forming in the corners of my mouth as I hit the power buttons on the remotes in my man cave and muttered curses under my breath. San Francisco showed that they can compete with a topflight team last night. I was especially impressed with Frank Gore, Patrick Willis and, (gasp for dramatic effect) Alex Smith. I don???t believe in moral victories but, as someone once told me, failure is instructive. I could almost hear Singeltary going Ditka on the team post game, yelling, ???We became a team today! We became a team today!??? We shall see, coach.
September 21, 2010  10:40 AM ET

The 2 minute offense Alex Smith ran was a "coming of age" moment... and to hit the 2 pointer on top of it. I was really happy for him... With all the mental errors and mistake to stand toe to toe with the champs was a good "Rocky" moment for them... Hope they can feed off the best of what they did last night and fix the worse.

September 22, 2010  01:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The 2 minute offense Alex Smith ran was a "coming of age" moment... and to hit the 2 pointer on top of it. I was really happy for him... With all the mental errors and mistake to stand toe to toe with the champs was a good "Rocky" moment for them... Hope they can feed off the best of what they did last night and fix the worse.

You're right he needs to occasionally move from the pocket just to fool defenses and in some cases run with the ball even if the amount of yardage is minimal. For now I'd like to see his receivers run more curl patterns since Smiths accuracy at throwing to moving targets is still questionable. Crabtree showed that he has the potential to make a big play after the catch on simple patterns like these. I was most impressed with Dixons TD, Why? because Gore who had done most of the grunt work to get them to the 3 yard line was taken out and Dixon came in with fresh legs and even though he was hardly touched you could tell he was not going to be denied, and then to see Gores excitement over his teammate scoring. As far as the 49ers 2 point conversion I felt the refs had to give Davis the catch because they missed the pass interference call that was so blatant.

September 22, 2010  01:42 AM ET

@Keepinitreeuh- I think I enjoyed this game for the same reasons. It wasn't a disgraceful lose and would have been a win if not for the 4 turnovers. They were lucky in that they didn't drop any slots in the NFC West standings with this lose. If they can play at this level or higher they will win a lot of games, I think they will get their first win next week, this will be important because it will be on the road and against a team that is 2-0 and a win like that might be what starts the snowball of momentum rolling.

September 22, 2010  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

@Keepinitreeuh- I think I enjoyed this game for the same reasons. It wasn't a disgraceful lose and would have been a win if not for the 4 turnovers. They were lucky in that they didn't drop any slots in the NFC West standings with this lose. If they can play at this level or higher they will win a lot of games, I think they will get their first win next week, this will be important because it will be on the road and against a team that is 2-0 and a win like that might be what starts the snowball of momentum rolling.

The downside is, if they lay an egg in Arrowhead this weekend, the proverbial snowball comes to a screeching halt. They really need to play inspired, mistake free football.

 
September 22, 2010  11:58 AM ET

The Niners went toe to toe with the Champs and fought their way back from an early deficit, in the end they simply had to many turnover to overcome. The Chiefs are a young up and coming team as is the Niners, both teams look pretty equally matched, good luck to both, should be a good game to watch.

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