OK people, step away from the ledge. Put down the glass of cyanide laced kool-aid and for God’s sake stop with the visions of driving your car 80 miles per hour headlong into an aged redwood tree. It was one game, albeit a complete lackluster performance of a game. A game that took place on opening day no less, a day when teams are supposed to be as pumped up and amped as they have been in months.
Yes the 49ers came out flat, appeared to lack the intensity that fans have bore witness to in season openers past and literally fell flat on their face against an inferior team. They allowed mistakes and not holding onto the ball to spell their doom against the Arizona Cardinals last weekend. And yes I said the Cardinals are on inferior team to the 49ers. I don’t care who won the game and I don’t care what anyone says… Arizona has lost to the 49ers last four times the teams have played and that was with weaker teams then San Francisco is fielding this season.
Opening day jitters, a new quarterback who was starting his first ever regular season game in the NFL, poor coaching and adjustments in the second half. Call it what you want but the one thing that is crystal clear is
That this was the first game of a 16 game season and even with the loss that was suffered last Sunday I like the 49ers chances of improving this season with the new offense and a defense that appears to be on the cusp of greatness. Had they not been saddled with poor field position in the aftermath of five turnovers from the offense and special teams I believe that the outcome of this game would have been much different.
Having said that the 49ers have to take it to the Seahawks this weekend up in Seattle. They cannot fall to 0-2 on the season, let alone at a time when Mike Holmgren’s squad is as ripe for defeat as they have been in years. They were not only dealing with missing their two starting wideouts in Deion Branch and Bobby Engram to injury but now have lost their third team receiver in Nate Burleson for the season as well. In reality they are down to their 5 and 6 receivers because fourth stringer Ben Obomanu is also on injured reserve with a broken clavicle. As if these injuries weren’t bad enough, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck who has been battling back problems all season long, if medical reports are to be believed, is one rough fall or hit away from a ruptured disc which would almost certainly end his season. So now is the time for the 49ers to take the bull by the horns and make something happen. If they can pull out a win on Sunday, it’s a whole new season.
With all the talk of quarterback Alex Smith possibly (most likely) done for the season with what is being called a fracture to his throwing shoulder it appears the 49ers are on the verge of signing 83 year old Jamie Martin as a third option at quarterback. I suppose it makes no difference really who is brought on board to fill that role because if the team ever has to utilize that man they are pretty much screwed anyway. Although this decision, if it comes to bear, does cause one to scratch their head a bit. I know that Martin is well versed in offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s system but wouldn’t it make more sense to bring in someone young with some kind of potential who could sit back and learn the system and possibly be good someday? Especially with the comments last week from GM Scot McCloughan that Smith (who was supposed to be the quarterback of the future) would not return next year unless he has supplanted JT O’Sullivan as the starter going into the off-season, a prospect that is dwindling with every word I type.