Before the last half of the fourth quarter, I was prepared to write all about the badass attitude Mike Singletary is clearly bringing to the table. Kicking Vernon Davis off the field and benching J.T. O'Sullivan are two very clear signs these are not your Nolan Niners anymore. We'll get back to that, but we must address something quite distressing.
I'd say our defense sucks, but it's not that simple. When Leonard Weaver, a fullback, gets 116 receiving yards and two big touchdowns, something is clearly not right. The pass rush remains awful and there just didn't seem to be enough blitzing to make up for our rather awful defensive line. There are playmakers in the defense, but they're not able to get into a position to succeed. Just as the offense started to move the ball with a little bit more consistency, the defense got torched. I'd love to hear suggestions as I have none. The 49ers clearly need to find a real pass rusher in the draft this coming season.
Now there is clearly plenty to bitch about heading into the bye week. At the same time, I have to admit that I don't feel quite as bad after Mike Singletary's performance today. J.T. O'Sullivan did everything he could to hand the game over to Seattle and finally the accumulation of mistakes crossed some imaginary threshold.
Enter Shaun Hill. A quick look at the box score shows a fitting comparison. In the first half, JTO was 13-for-21 for 131 yards, with 1 INT and 2 fumbles (1 lost). Prior to his last two incompletions (garbage yards) Shaun Hill was 13-for-21 for 129 yards with 1 TD, 1 fumble (recovered by the 49ers) and 20 rushing yards. I realize it's an immensely small sample size, but I know the Shaun Hill crowd will point to that, so I figured I'd throw it out there first!
The second aspect of Mike Singletary that hit a homerun for me was sending Vernon Davis back to the locker room. Davis talks a big game, but continually fails to back it up and his lame personal foul after his last catch was one more instance of a complete lack of discipline by the Duke (should we call him the Duchess from now on?). Singletary benched him and then kicked his ass off the field, which I could not be happier about. Maybe this coming two weeks will be a wakeup call for Davis. Talent alone does not make for a great football player.
After three hours, Tony Boselli finally made a smart comment. This bye week could not be coming at a better time. Shaun Hill would appear to have done enough to get the first team snaps for the next two weeks heading into Arizona. More importantly, let's hope Singletary can light a fire under somebody's ass on the defensive side of the ball. It doesn't matter how good Shaun Hill or Frank Gore or whomever can be on offense if the defense keeps giving up 30+ points a game.
The easy move would be to fire Manusky, but I think the bye week could give the team some time to figure out something on defense. If the struggles continue against Arizona, it might be time to find a new defensive coordinator. The offense might finally have a chance to turn the corner with Hill at the helm. Now it's time to straighten out this frustrating defense. I will say at least that Patrick Willis and Manny Lawson stepped up with some solid games (minus a few misses of course). THIS is why Lawson should always be on the field...not just playing special teams.
EDITOR'S NOTE: And if you want to write any FanPosts about Shaun Hill and it's just a slightly extended comment, might be better in this thread.
And of course thanks to everybody who took part, even that damn Seahawks fan! Total breakdown after the jump.
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|Bob On The Coast||46|
|Giant Fan in Singapore||13|
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