Everyone in the Bay Area feels confident that the 49ers have a good chance to be playoff contenders in 2009. We all have high expectations. Why? Let me list all the great things that has happened to the team since there last nine games in 2008 through the off season, and the draft.
1. Mike Singletary - Mike came in and was a strong motivator for the team. He wants "Winners". He wants smash mouth football. He wants Vernon Davis to be "team player." Suddenly, we win more games, Vernon Davis makes great catches, he is announced the next coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
2. We fire offfense coordinator Mike Martz and hire a new one, Jimmy Raye. Loads of experience.
3. Alex Smith wants to stay with the team and proves it by amending his contract and accepting less money. That is motivation and determination to do better and to prove himself. How exciting is that?
4. We draft Michael Crabtree, Glenn Coffee, Nate Davis, Scott McKilliop. The draft choices are good ones, but they still need to prove themselves.
For the 49ers to Succeed their expectations, they must run the ball better, or more often. (this is the goal of Mike Singletary). Shaun Hill must be consistent in his play, they must have a steady quarterback and no controversy, which distracts the team.
They need a good pass rush, (should have chosen that in the draft). They need repour between quarterback and wide receivers (remember Montana to Rice). They need players that want to win, and not be about them. (Vernon Davis??).
The obstacles that can cause them to fall short is inconsistent plays, not taking chances, the quarterbacks not being comfortable at the line of scrimmage. No pass protection on the offensive line. Our blocking has to improve....Hopefully, with our new draft pick Michael Crabtree, who is a great blocker can help us improve.
We should give the ball more to our tight end Vernon Davis. He showed lots of promise and he allows another threat on the field. We haven't thrown the ball to him much, and he hasn't really showed us what he can do, but towards the end when Singletary came aboard he started to become a play-maker.
On Defense, we need to pressure the opposing teams quarterback, SACKS, SACKS, SACKS. We need to read the offense and double coverage on the right routes.
Smash Mouth Football!