There really wasn’t much to laud over with this week’s game, even though it was in fact a win, placing the 49ers at 4-8 and continuing to allow hope for a .500 finish. But I digress there really isn’t much chance of that happening, even though I have been harboring delusions of grandeur about the Cardinals losing out to finish 7-9 and the 49ers running the table to finish 8-8 and post a division title. I believe we all will concur that this is not to be. Sure stranger things have happened and if this was to take place it would not be as farfetched as some might think, I just don’t believe that it is in the cards (no pun intended) for this year’s 49ers. I was merely happy to see the Cardinals division title hopes put on hold if only for one more week.
Shaun Hill did an admirable job in this game and I believe showed what he can do when presented with him to make his reads and actually get a pass off. The only issue I see here is that somehow it appears that the offensive line, in their preparations to protect their quarterback, forgot how to run block. Frank Gore was handed the ball 24 times and only managed to gain 66-yards? This cannot happen on a weekly basis. Yes the team won yesterday, something I said they would not do, however if they continue to fail at the ground game they will not be as fortunate this coming weekend against Brett Favre and the Jets.
Vernon Davis, my God, I mean really? I understand that the man has made some great catches this season before this contest in Buffalo but he continues to make mistakes that could and in most cases have cost this team. Short arming that pass against Arizona in the Monday night game after making a spectacular grab for a score before that was plain and simply bush league. That was a sure touchdown and one that in all likelihood would have sealed that game for the 49ers.
Then yesterday he pushes off of the defensive back on what would have been a touchdown when he had no need at all to do so. Did he not know that he was being watched on that play? See in football Vernon there are these men called referees and judges and (for the most part anyway) they watch you to make sure you are not doing anything illegal on the field. That pass was placed where it needed to be and all you had to do was jump for it if the DB got to close, he easily could have been outmuscled for the completion and score. Then Davis was very lucky he didn’t incur a 15-yard penalty for taking his helmet off. I truly like Vernon and I want to see him succeed badly, not sure what it’s going to take though for him to fully achieve this in San Francisco though.
The defense definitely came to play in this contest and it showed on the field. Playing a potential playoff team, on the road in a very hostile environment and with the weather that was present was no small task. Take into account the fact that this was the first time all season in which a West coast team beat an East coast team in their home stadium and it was the more appeasing to see. Mike Singletary said beforehand that his team was going to go into Orchard Park and would be leaving with a win and that is precisely what transpired. Kudos to him and the rest of his staff for preparing their players for this game and making them believe that they could win it.
I actually like the Niners chances against the Jets this weekend. I know it might seem a bit optimistic coming from me, someone who has not been so very much lately however I feel as though the team has a legitimate shot at another win. Favre and the Jets are coming off of a significant loss against Denver yesterday and not just any loss, a thorough drubbing in New Jersey no less. Now the team must travel to the other side of the country to play a team who has some confidence back. Make no mistake; I am fully aware of Favre’s accolades in games played at Candlestick. This isn’t the Packers coming to town though fans, yes the Jets have been playing well this season but I truly feel that they are going to reeling this week in attempt to find out what went wrong against the Broncos. They could be ripe for another loss and the 49ers are just team to hand it to them.
Once again I want to give my vote for Singletary as head coach of this team. He showed once again why I will continue to do so for the rest of this season. All this talk before about him not being the best man for the job or any head coaching job for that matter should be laid to rest. He has this team where he wants them and is doing his best to ensure that his players do not give up on the rest of this season, no matter the division records. I believe that the game yesterday proved that they are doing no such thing… they are fighting this season out until the end while playing for little more than pride at this point. Bring him back Yorks, starting all over after the season ends is not a recipe for success in my opinion, no matter who is brought in to take his place.