NFL  > San Francisco 49ers  > The San Francisco 49er seasonal outlook.
September 4, 2011, 03:45 PM
FOGGY- With intermittent showers of tears of sorrow and joy.

It was so foggy did we every get to see the true 49ers? There offensive line was like the fog in that it was up and down, and defensive players walked through it with ease. They will have to constantly reminded of the 2 preseason games against New Orleans and Houston.

For the most part we hardly ever got to see the 1st string players and we keep hearing from press releases that the 49er team you saw during preseason will not resemble the team that steps on the field Sunday against NFC West Champions Seattle and Pete Carroll. Like last year I declared that the 49er season will be determined by their opening game which was against Seattle and a game SF lost. This year I think SF is a better team than Seattle and SF will win the opening season game in Candlestick. Will it matter if Michael Crabtree plays or not? No. It would be nice to see what the offense could do with Braylon Edwards, Michael Crabtree, Josh Morgan, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore all in the game together, and the offensive line giving Alex Smith some time to throw the ball.
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September 5, 2011  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Trust me, that team will be every bit as bad as the team you saw in preseason.

I still say they'll beat the Seahawks.

September 5, 2011  01:53 PM ET

I would say that SF is equal or better than Seattle. The only difference being the offensive lines. The Center, LG, LT being the real strength.

QB- Smith vs Jackson= equal

TE- V. Davis vs Z Miller= slight advantage V. Davis for his speed

WR's= SF advantage

RB's= Slight advantage to SF, SF has better depth

Every aspect of SF's defense is better than Seattle's

It will be up to SF's offensive line, they will either win or lose this game.

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September 5, 2011  03:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I still say they'll beat the Seahawks.

they should, and Pete should go back to college football, and I look for the Rams to take that division.

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September 5, 2011  07:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

GO BADGERS !!!

go badger someone else ya troll.

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September 6, 2011  01:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is that really anything to brag about?

Did I say I was bragging? No. I'm saying that I think the 49ers will beat the Seahawks this Sunday.

The only person sounding like they want to brag is you. So you brag all you want about beating UNLV, if it makes you feel good. But that is really nothing to brag about.

September 6, 2011  06:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Did I say I was bragging? No. I'm saying that I think the 49ers will beat the Seahawks this Sunday. The only person sounding like they want to brag is you. So you brag all you want about beating UNLV, if it makes you feel good. But that is really nothing to brag about.

I agree, Wisconsin should beat a team like UNLV. Let's see how they do against better competition.

September 6, 2011  08:01 PM ET

Dunno. Would feel better if niners had an experienced and reliable QB. We'll see. Fingers crossed.

September 12, 2011  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It will be up to SF's offensive line, they will either win or lose this game.

In a round about way they won the game. They didn't allow Smith to be sacked. He only threw the ball 20 times and most of those were no more ten yards ( Smith 15/20 for 134 yards ). Sometime confidence needs to be gained one step at a time. At least Alex Smith wasn't booed. The play calling was way to conservative and boring, nothing different than the preseason. Play 1) Run Gore/ 2yds, 2) Run Gore 1yd 3) Pass for 5 yards, 4) Punt. Harbaugh's play calling looked like it was made for a college game, he better take the reins off Smith or this season is going to get ugly.

Special teams won the game. Akers 15 points, Ted Ginn 12 pts ( 102 yd kick return TD, 55 yd punt return TD.) Plus Andy Lee kept Seattle in terrible field position with his punts.

September 17, 2011  02:07 PM ET

Jim Harbaugh is deploying a new psychological tactic towards other teams. Harbaugh is hoping that other teams will be so afraid of the 49er special teams that they won't want to score touchdowns for fear the 49ers will run back the ensuing kickoff for a TD thus taking away the other teams momentum. Other teams will eventually be forced to go for first downs even when it is 4th and long, deep in their own territory for fear that the punt will be returned for a TD, other teams will figure it is easier to stop the 49er offense than their special teams. Soon the 49ers special teams will have demoralized other teams so much they will just forfeit.

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September 19, 2011  12:04 PM ET
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lol,...yu ''homering'' here ?.........why did they even punt/kick in ginn's direction ?

Well I'll be darn, Alex Smith threw a TD pass. OK, now that we have gotten over that hurdle. Now all that needs to be done is, develop an offensive line that pass protects. Frank Gore said it perfectly; the 49ers are not a team that in recent history knows how to protect a lead when they got it and close up the game for a win. The past 2 weeks SF has had leads but let them slip away in the 4th quarter. They lucked out in their first game against Seattle when they were aided by Ted Ginns returns. The weakest part of their team over the past few years has been their secondary. They now have a bunch of young players and free agents that have little experience playing together.

September 22, 2011  12:33 AM ET

It is still very evident that the true weakness of the offense is the line. Is the talent subpar or is offensive line coach? My feeling is that the 49ers need to rid themselves of all coaches that have ever been associated with the Kansas City Chiefs. Once again Joe Staley showed his ineptness as left offensive tackle, time find a new LT.

September 22, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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It is still very evident that the true weakness of the offense is the line. Is the talent subpar or is offensive line coach? My feeling is that the 49ers need to rid themselves of all coaches that have ever been associated with the Kansas City Chiefs. Once again Joe Staley showed his ineptness as left offensive tackle, time find a new LT.

At this point in the season it is difficult to find good offensive linemen. Maybe the Niners should have addressed this issue before the season started.

September 24, 2011  10:51 AM ET
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At this point in the season it is difficult to find good offensive linemen. Maybe the Niners should have addressed this issue before the season started.

Trent Baalke shot down your idea the second the CBA was signed when he said that the 49ers would not actively pursue free agents. Probably the biggest blunder was allowing David Baas to walk to the NYG. Then trying to stubbornly use Adam Snyder as a Center, when it was all over they decided to take a 10 year veteran in Jonathan Gooden, to little to late. I have the feeling that the 49ers have a bunch of offensive linemen that do really well in practice ( which is probably the only reason they are on the team) but when game time comes they are totally unprepared. I would like to see if second year tackle Alex Boone could take over for Joe Staley. I also think SF needs to look for a good offensive line coach. I look at countless other teams and they give their QB's 2,3,4, times more time to pass than the SF QB's get.

SF needs to get Vernon Davis involved in the offense, and no I do not mean as a blocker for an already weak offensive line. I said once before that I thought SF should have tried Taylor Mays as an OLB before they gave him away to Cincinnati, I think while Vernon has some speed and agility they should use him as a wideout, he is as physically gifted as T.O. was if not more, he is faster, and a better receiver.

September 26, 2011  01:45 PM ET

Why are the 49ers sucking at offense? The indication is that Harbaugh is doing everything he can do to build up the confidence of Alex Smith. He has enough confidence in his defense to allow Alex Smith to run the ball, thus keeping his Interceptions down, he has a modest completion percentage ( 68.9) and QB rating ( 91.3). Any 49er fan will tell you that theses stats are a false positives because the truth is Smith hardly ever throws a pass more than 10 yards, his passing yardage ranks 28th and his number of passing TD's ranks 32nd. As long as the 49ers are winning and are in 1st place the fans don't care how the TD's are scored and how ugly the games are. Harbaugh and Smith are also content that the fans are not booing.

Harbaugh is going to have to go to step 2 in the therapy of Alex Smith soon, that is having him open up the passing attack or those silent fans may get a little disgruntled.

 
September 27, 2011  07:25 PM ET

I wonder if the refs have an excuse for some of the horrendous calls they have made this year, like shortened training camp, one of the worse calls I've seen was the catch for a TD that Michael Crabtree made against Cincinnati overruled by the refs.

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