San Francisco 49ers: A Very Very, Moral Victory, Right?

Brian O'FlahertyContributor IOctober 25, 2009

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 01:  Quarterbacks Alex Smith #11 and Shaun Hill #13 of the San Francisco 49ers look on during the 49ers Minicamp at their training facilities on May 1, 2009 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

This will be a funny week in 49er land.


Everyone will say all the proper things. There will be lots of half-answers and poetry.


No one involved with the 49ers organization will want to speak the truth. They'll say, “we played better” in the second half. They'll say, “we executed.”


But we all know what just happened against the Houston Texans.


Alex Smith went from hopeless, to hopeful; Mike Singletary went from single-minded to spread offense; and Josh Morgan, Vernon Davis, and Michael Crabtree each crawled out of their shells.


They were open.


The line was pass blocking.


The quarterback was seeing the field.


This “victory” was more moral than Mother Teresa, and you would have to be a sightless mole in a dark cave at night to not have noticed it.



Smith forges a new beginning


Alex Smith picked an interesting time to have a career game.


Not because it was in his fifth year in the league.


Not because it was on the road.


Not even because he didn't start the game.


Alex Smith had a career game in ONE half of football. Looking at all the opportunities he has had over his career, it is almost unbelievable to think about that fact.


Smith came into the game and lifted this team out of the mud.


With the spread offensewhich we have practiced very littleSmith was able to move the ball down the field with seeming ease.


He picked a good time to play his best football ever, because the 49ers could use this kind of quarterbacking, in this kind of offense.


Based upon the way the offensive line played in the second half, they seem to like this attack oriented offense as well.


What we saw in the second half against the Houston Texans is what an NFL offense is supposed to look like. It is certainly more fun to watch. Right?



Mike Singletary takes the hint... right?


Whisper: “Hey, Mike Singletary, your offense leads the league in three n' outs.”


Whisper: “Pssst, Mike, your power running offense looks terrible.”


Whisper: “Yoohoo, Mike, did you know that you have seven wide receivers on the roster, with two capable pass catching TE's?”


It doesn't matter how it happened, but thank God he took the hint.


Because watching this offense, has been as fun as an appointment with a sadistic dentist named Orin.


Singletary can suddenly “see more,” and there is no turning back now.


Alex Smith will start next week.


The 49ers will use a spread offense passing attack.


I don't even want to think about the possibility of the two above things not happening after the quality of “hint” Singletary received in the second half of the game in Houston.


Alex Smith's spread offense performance, was like drinking a tall, cold glass of water in Hell.


It was a reprieve, a breath of fresh air. Everyone saw it. Right?


No one will forgive Singletary if he decides to crawl back into that “little shell of horrors,” after what everyone witnessed in Houston. Right?



This Crab's got hands


Michael Crabtree crawled out of his shell too, and waved his hands in the air, to say hello to several passes.


Considering he has only practiced for a few weeks, his performance was impressive.


Obviously, all 49er fans were eager just to see how he looked running around.


Against Houston, he not only confirmed that he has some nice hands, but he also has some wiggle.


He already looks like the most explosive wide receiver on the team. “Explosive” in terms of short area burst.


It will be exiting to see him work in the Alex smith featured spread offense. Right?



Something to believe in


This team now has something to believe in.


Before, the 49ers only really had a good, solid defense to hand their hat on.


If they can combine this defense with the newly found Alex Smith led spread offense, they have a chance to pick up the pieces and try and go for the wins, instead of avoiding the losses.


Singletary got frustrated in Houston, kicked over the rock, and all kinds of things started to crawl up and out of their “shells.”


The only thing that can put a halt to this momentum, is if some foolish child were to come along and, horrifically, sadly, mysteriously, place the rock right back where it was and put all the little critters back into their shells.


But that can't happen, right?


Lem em crawl, let em run, let em throw. Let em be free.


Let's see how far they can go.


Training camp is over; no more crab walking. Its time to let our Crabs, run.






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