All this armchair analysis… How many of you have ever played organized sports? How many of you have ever coached organized sports? Football above all other sports, is a game of planning, strategy and execution. In every other sport, great talent can compensate for poor organization, because a single player can score or keep the opponent from scoring… it’s true in basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, etc. That is not the case in football. In football one mistake by one player can negate perfect execution by the other 10. In football, it’s all about the team. It’s getting 11 players organized, disciplined, working in sync, and ultimately executing as one entity. Without a system (the identity that Steve Young is always talking about) that the players rely on and believe in, they won’t and can’t succeed.
Talent is important, but it’s not the most important thing because talent can’t overcome disorganization, bad planning, poor strategy, or lousy execution. It’s so obvious that the 49ers have no system, no identity, no foundation principals on which they can depend. The result shows on the field: mistakes, penalties, blown assignments, poor execution. They have no confidence in what they are doing. They don’t visualize success when they are on the field. They fear failure. They don’t believe a play is going to work… so it doesn’t. Often even when a play is executed properly they still fail… a dropped pass, a mental error… because they don’t expect to succeed.
All this is a preamble to say that the main problem with this team is the organization and most immediately the coaching. Laying blame on this player or that player is misplaced. Because without good coaching, the players can’t succeed.
Is either of the Smith’s a good QB? Not that I have seen. They both have copious flaws as today’s game showed. So, I’m not going to argue their merits or weaknesses. They have been discussed and dissected ad nauseum. And it’s not the key issue anyway. The TEAM is dysfunctional. So much so, that one player can’t make a real difference. The coaching staff has no coherent strategy, no system they believe in and the team has no identity. The team is clueless because their coaching staff is clueless. They don’t know who they are or what they should be doing and are consistently unprepared to play at a high level.
So, I disagree with TK about the 49ers easily being a playoff team simply if the QB was different. And, I disagree with everyone that wants to lay the blame for the 49ers dismal season at the feet of any one individual.
And yes, the York’s are ultimately the one’s responsible for this debacle. The organization is … wait a minute… what organization? There is none. So, I agree with Jed. He finally sees the light. If you want to build an organization you start at the top. Hire a competent, credible, experienced GM. Let him hire the coach. With a competent system in place, and competent coaching, THEN you judge the players and make some decisions … particularly on the offensive side of the ball, where the 49ers have been inept and incompetent for years.
Does that mean you stand pat meanwhile? Absolutely not. The 49ers have dire needs. They desperately need speed in the secondary. They desperately need to be able to pressure the QB. Go get it in the draft or free agency. But don’t mortgage the future of the team and make some desperation move for a QB of dubious quality in the draft or free agency. McNabb… feh!. He’s been replaced in WA by Rex Grossman… repeat REX freakin… Grossman!!!! I’d rather have Smith I or II. Jake Locker… second coming of Jim Drunkenmiller. Ryan Mallet… He’d make a great statue in my front yard. Kevin Kolb… too costly. Kellen Moore… too small. Cam Newton, the Auburn version of Vince Young. With one exception… I’d trade every pick in the 2011 draft and perhaps another player or two for Andrew Luck. He’s a once in a lifetime talent.
Good luck Jed and goodbye Mike… Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out…