Are They Who We Thought They Were?

Are they who we thought they were? That question has two meanings based on tonight’s game. The first is are the Bears who we thought they were? The answer is yes they are. Their defense was better than we thought but their offense and in particular Cutler who was as erratic as we thought he could be.

Also are the 49ers defense who we thought they were? I thought I was going to be writing this article stating they were not who we thought they were. With the way that last drive was unfolding with Cutler marching down the field it looked as if those four interceptions were going to be for naught. I thought I was going to have to bring up the defense that has lost the games for us instead of the offense not winning the games. Think about it, our first loss comes at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings after the defense couldn’t hold them on a final drive and Mark “Oh Shit” Roman was out of position for the last game winning touchdown pass from Favre. The next game the 49ers got destroyed by the Falcons at home where Michael Turner and Roddy White ignited Candlestick Park. The next loss came at the hands of the Houston Texans where the defense gave up a 21-0 lead at halftime, then came Alex Smith?!? leading the 49ers back into the game while the defense came back to life and surrendered only 3 more points in the second half-but still lost. I thought I was going to have to talk about the Colts game where the defense shut Manning not down, but out of the end zone-only to ultimately give up the game winning touchdown pass to JOSEPH ADDAI! Of course the defense had help in losing this game as Alex Smith tossed an INT to cement the loss.

For once the defense did not lose this game. By all account the defense WON this game. Other than a couple Crabtree passes and a Gore touchdown with a few decent runs the offense might as well not have taken the field. The defense held its ground at the end when it mattered most. People say this is a “proud” defense, finally they have a real reason to feel that way. 5 interceptions is a hell of a feat, Cutler can clearly go either way in a game and credit the 49ers for making sure he went south tonight. If Mark “Oh Shit” Roman can get an interception, you know things are going your way.

Now the team needs to build off of this game, a cliché I know, but the defense did a lot of things right aside from getting blown up on screen plays to Matt Forte all night long. I guess they made up for that by shutting down his rushing attempts for the duration. The offense clearly needs a defibrillator on the sideline to shock some life into the offense. I think the Bears were intent on shutting Vernon Davis down and they did. Last time I checked there were 10 other guys out there with him, Jason Hill was a ghost this week. Josh Morgan wasn’t much better. This offense needs all the skill players to step up if they want to change this from a long season to a lengthy season. Last point, the new slogan for this team should be “It’s the defense, stupid.”


I have eaten, slept and breathed the 49ers since I knew what football was. Favorite all time players are Steve Young and Jerry Rice, even got to see Rice go into the HOF. I try to bring different perspectives to 49ersnews.com in hopes of sparking some debates in Niner Nation about whats best for the team. Hope everyone enjoys them and if not then comment and tell me why! GO NINERS!
  • chuckle49er

    i agree our o line is garbage so far and jimmy raye sucks ass we have an awesome recieving core but raye doesnt trust them they need to become a deep threat to contend with the elite and with raye we just dont have that and the o line has to protect the qb change the oc please, they probably wont but wishful thinking go niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nef77

    I don’t know how you can blame all those loses on the D when we have one of the weakest offenses in the NFL. Sure the ATL game, but perhaps you forgot all those 3 and outs against IND & MIN. The TEN game was a team loss. We lose because we have no offense. Sure we have the talent at the skill position in Davis, Gore, Smith and Crabtree but without a decent O-Line there will be no production. The D won all of our games.

    • josh meeker

      Ill admit the D has done the most to in our wins-aside from Gore busting long runs in a couple games. But they also have failed to finish when it matters most. The article didn't even mention the Titans where Chris Johnson torched the team as well. The blame game should be spread around but if this is supposed to be a defensive team…well, the article points out the faults in that thinking.

  • Nef77

    Please, if we are only putting up just 2 touchdowns per game on the offensive side then that’s where the problem lies. How the hell do we get 5 picks and only manage 1 touchdown from it? Our weakness is the Line, w/o the O-Line, our offense will continue to struggle. It’s amazing how quick the pocket broke down last night against a 4 man rush.

    • josh meeker

      this game the D played up to their potential, what about the games they gave away? Im saying we are supposedly known as a defensive team first, offense second. So its the D that needs to WIN THE GAMES not lose them for us.

      • Nef77

        You people who blame the D for our losses are delusional. Learn the game 1st before you talk football. Our offense, aside from some huge Gore runs, have been absent. Very little production. Zero points in the 2nd half vs. IND while we shut down the best QB in the game and that loss is the D's fault? Like I said, learn the game. The only time the offense did good was against the Titans in the 1st half and the 2nd half against HOU.

        • josh meeker

          My bad I left all my football knowledge in your girl but I've learned plenty since then

          • Nef77

            ya i left my knowledge in ur mom along wit my jizz u fuckin fag, dont u know im bi?!

        • http://ryan.t1000@yahoo.com Ryan.T1000

          I totaly agree

  • pit

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  • dosia510

    with the draft being so deep there will be plenty of lineman in the second and third rounds, we need a QB. finally im convinced that with a new QB and a DECENT coordinater we will be ok. if our O was matching the play of our D then we would be in playoff contention. and that is what we need to get there, new QB, new OC.

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