Ok folks in 49er land, I am just as discouraged as you, maybe more so. However my calm lies within the fact that this is a team that is geared towards becoming a future dynasty. If the organization does not panic, and start changing personnel in the offseason as history has indicated we may, our continuity will be strong for the first time since Steve Mariucci. Although there are some growing pains to this concept, I am exited about the possibilites of my team, the 49ers having a consistant structure for a few years. Who knows maybe guys like Alex Smith, Jason Hill, and company can actually learn the playbook like the back of their hand, and begin to execute.
I rest assured that the pieces are in place for us to make a serious run at the Super Bowl by 2010. I am patient, knowing that this is just a part of the building process. Ups, and downs, then the next thing you know, BANG,....Domination of our division, then our conference, and the league.
The biggest question in the air( no pun intended ) is= Is Alex Smith our franchise quarterback. At this point we don't have a choice outside of dedicating the remainder of the regular season on finding that out. I will be ok with either revelation. If he's not the franchise, find somebody who will be. If he is, good we can build around that, putting our energy into the other phases of the roster such as O-Line, Safety, CB, whatever.
I know football well. I know if we keep these guys in this system for a few years with minimal fluxuation, we will become a championship team like INDY,NE,PIT,..They thrive because the players become one with the system.
In saying that, I would conclude by saying Jimmy Raye appears to be solid in my opinion. Some things must be chalked up to the players learning the system. The O-line not being on the same page, recievers not knowing eachothers routes as well as their own. I believe Alex Smith has all the physical attributes to be great. The only way we will find out who he truly is, is by keeping the team in tact, internally, and externally. We don't look bad at all.