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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 29, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 5:11 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

only an arrogant fool will tell you that 0-2 means a failed season

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 4:31 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 

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:37 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

Optimistic?  After a loss?

Given how this team looked a week ago, and how every other team in the division looked this week: yes, actually, tonight inspired quite a bit of optimism in this team.  There are still issues, but they came back strong (even if they came up just short) after one of the most bizzare and troubling weeks I can remember this team ever having; it's not a win, but it's the next best thing, if that's possible.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:04 am


Optimistic?  After a loss?  When you've started 0-2 and you've been predicted to win your division?  Although Alex Smith showed a little promise, he's taken 6 years and more than $50,000,000 to do it.  How could his performance Monday night possibly be worth that price?  I know, I know...he's also had 6 O coordinators, coaching changes, etc.; no excuse.  He threw 2 interceptions, another ball that was tipped and should have been an interceptions, and another ball that was nowhere near a Niner and should also have been picked, as well.  With how well Gore and the Niners' defense played, quarterbacks throughout the leage would have won that game.  Brownie points are for pee-wee.  In the NFL, you either have a leader who can take command of the troops and keep you alive, or you have one who will get you killed.  Smith just hasn't made the cut, and still has a looong way to go. 

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:41 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

The 49ers need not hang their heads. They went down to the wire with the Super Bowl champions and if nothing else made them think twice. My prediction, Niners see them again in the playoffs. Will they take the NFC West? Barring injury, bet on it. Alex Smith, you showed skills we all doubted you for. This one doesn't hurt. It's actually encouraging.

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