Apologies in advance to the editors who have to clean this up. I'm VERY short on time so I'm just brain dumping this stuff because I feel like I have to get it out on the table for discussion.
Feel free to flame me for giving you half an article. I'm a big boy. I can take it.
That said, here is said "brain dump." My take on how various players and units played in Sunday's loss to the Titans:
Goldson: not rangy, but a big hitter. Perhaps better off at SS? I saw him put the hurt on several dudes in this game.
Lawson/Haralson: It's now or never. Very little sack production this year, poor tackling, letting guys break contain on the edge?! I'm about to say the 49ers draft an OLB and an O-Lineman rather than Safety and O-Line. You both are on the bubble.
Alex Smith: Is it easier for him to fix his turnovers than for Shaun Hill to magically conjure up some tangible skill in throwing? I'd like to think so. This was a bit too extreme.
Sadly, Singletary said it himself, "Is Alex ready for that?" when he said he didn't think they'd just go to the spread offense.
I think they were trying to keep the opposition defense guessing in preparation for this week, that's why they said they wouldn't play a ton more spread. In the end, though, Singletary was right. 51 pass attempts...Alex wasn't ready for that yet.
O-Line: You guys did a great job Sunday, despite injuries and your past. Maybe not an elite performance, but as solid as we've seen in a long time. Continue to improve and pray the rest of your team does, too.
Jason Hill: He should start. How fast is he? Deep threat?
Morgan, if you want to play, you better start reaching out and attacking balls. You were supposed to be the best WR the 49ers had before Crabtree was signed. Play like it or sit. You are on the bubble.
Brandon Jones: Never again return a punt. Ever. Get on the field and show Morgan how wide receiver is played. Niners, get some ROI on Jones and put him on the field on offense. Brandon, you are on the bubble.
Michael Crabtree: You showed a lot those first two games. You weren't targeted much this game. Gotta make that sideline catch. Niners need to use you better. Bug them about this.
Frank Gore: Is the best athlete the 49ers have on offense, closely edging out Vernon Davis. When Gore gets the ball, you can just see his talent. He is a football player. He blocks, he jukes, he cuts, he hits the hole. He is a man.
Vernon Davis: You are the same as Frank Gore pretty much, just please remain calm when the team needs you to. Thanks for pulling guys out of the scrum yesterday and hell of a day catching the football.
Secondary: Did not play yesterday. The 49ers only marched the D-Line and Patrick Willis onto the field on defense.
Patrick Willis: Clone him three times, then four more times but shrink these clones down a little. There is your LB and DB group. This guy makes me feel sorry for him that he's surrounded by the rest of the guys, with exception of the D-Line.
Andy Lee: See "Patrick Willis" section, last sentence up to the comma.
So that's it. Okay guys. Fire away.