I know this is one of many of what a lot of these fan posts are about, but I just got done watching the ARIZ - NYG and got to thinking. I'm not going to sit here and find stats to back up what I'm saying, this is an opinion.
The 49ers are 3-3, with identity completely in turmoil. Who is our QB? After watching todays game, it BETTER be Alex Smith. The offense is absolutely TERRIBLE under Shaun Hill, so it was nice to see a change. Why? I have no idea, there is a reason why we hadn't played Smith. So has Smith really got his crap together, and prove to us all the reason as to why we drafted him? I don't know, I'd like to think so. One thing I know for sure, this team is FAR better suited for a QB like Smith as opposed to Hill. With the addition of Crabtree, we have the WR's and TE needed to go downfield a little more, and Hill doesn't give us that option. Also, what goes along with that is a change in the play calling. More pass plays please, for Smith, he showed us he can do it.
Frank Gore... With him coming back, I would assume at 100%, it was certainly a disappointment. I don't know if it's the line or what, but this wasn't the performance I was expecting. I am hoping, though, with Smith, and with the downfield threat that we possibly could have, it will open up some opportunities for him.
Looking at the remaining schedule... I'm concerned. I'm concerned because of the piece of cake schedule the Arizona Cardinals have, compared to the Niners. There have been plenty of posts predicting the outcomes of the games, but in all honesty, that's not accurate. I didn't think Arizona would beat the Giants. But just looking at it, we are at a disadvantage.
In the end, I think it comes down to the play of our QB, Alex Smith. Although Hill has had success starting, he will not get us to the next level. I THINK and I am hoping that the Alex Smith we saw in the Second half, will be the Alex Smith for the rest of the season. If that's the case, I think we will win the division. If not, we will be battling for second place with the Seahawks, and unfortunately, no wildcard.
Sorry for the rambling, I needed to get a few things down while I watch the dang Cardinals take the division lead. Opinions more than welcome.