We're back for another week of the Niners Nation #Channel49 Twitter Q&A. If you're on Twitter, this runs every Friday at 2 p.m. PT. Submit questions to #Channel49 and the discussion will begin.
While the team takes it "one game at a time" and all games are equally as important, Monday Night Football is a big deal. It's the only game of the day and the last of the week, everybody is watching. Winning on Monday Night Football is a big win by default, as it's going to be talked about heavily the next day. Most players do pay attention to the media, and hearing good things about themselves is something they could use, as too much negativity has been thrown the 49ers way as of late.
No. Understandably, the fan base is frustrated after some lackluster offensive performances, but firing Greg Roman wouldn't be a wise decision and isn't even one to consider. Players get in ruts, as do coaches. It's when you are faced with adversity the true colors of a person show. Greg Roman has proved to be a very creative offensive mind who has received a lot of praise by his current critics. Yes, the 49ers offense has been a bit predictable this year, but there is no sense in dwelling on yesterday. What is important is fixing the problem, and Roman has indicated the problem is about to be solved.
" "We’re certainly not a finished product," Roman said Friday. "I think those opportunities are out there and the roof is going to blow off. It’s going to pop. It’s coming."
I love that Roman said this, now he and the offense need to go back it up. Roman publicly stating this is a good way to show the players he believes in them. Also admitting that the offense isn't a finished product can cause us to worry a little less as well, that comment is telling. It not being a finished product means this offense, in theory, is going to get more creative, Kap is going to be able to roam more, and big plays are going to happen. Roman realizes what's been implemented thus far isn't really working and the playbook is going to be utilized more fully going forward. The 49ers can't afford to lose more than two games the rest of the way, so the offense can't be basic, it needs to crush defenses when it's able to.
As we've witnessed with RGIII, rushing a player back isn't a good decision. Michael Crabtree is going to come back under his own terms, and that day is drawing near. Crabtree is back participating in team drills during practice, and Matt Barrows guesses he will play limited snaps week 13 against the Rams.
#channel49 Give me the top 2 reasons those who say "Bring back Alex Smith" are wrong-— Cynthia Zenteno (@CynthiaZ_ESPN) November 22, 2013
Reason One: Potential
Alex Smith has reached his peak, it's known who he is and what he can do, no more growth to be had. Colin Kaepernick has very little starting experience so far in the NFL, and he has shown flashes of greatness, Smith has never shown flashes of such. Even when you throw out potential and look at both quarterbacks present day, I'll take Kap every time.
Reason Two: It's same ole Alex
The Chiefs are 9-1, but it doesn't have too much to do with Smith. Granted, he's made some nice plays this season, but he's missed a lot of opportunities at big plays as well. He continues to check the ball down all too often, and still is throwing screens to running backs and passes to the flat in the dirt. On top of that, Smith is not built to comeback when a team is down. Alex has proven the media right, he's a game manager. Good luck to him, but the 49ers made the right choice trading him, and getting some nice picks in the process.
With Mike Iupati out for Monday Night's game, the 49ers will turn to Adam Snyder to fill in while he's out. With that said, if Snyder struggles mightily, don't be surprised if Kilgore gets some playing time. This could be a good opportunity to see what Kilgore, or even Joe Looney, to get an opportunity to show what they can do. As to how much we will see Kilgore will be in large part to how he has been performing in practice.
Every week, I keep thinking the rollouts are going to come, Kap on the move is about to happen, and it doesn't. Something has to give in this regard, and Kaepernick will eventually be unleashed. Kap on the move doesn't necessarily mean he has to scramble, but it's clear he feels more comfortable when he is able to dance around. Aaron Rodgers is a prime example of a quarterback who doesn't scramble all the time, but is usually on the move, rolling to his right. The plan has been to give Kaepernick more experience as a pocket passer, which will come in useful, but he also needs to be allowed to do his thing, play his style of football. He can throw well on the run and seems to be more decisive throwing the ball even. Hopefully more of Kap on the move will happen this week, or soon.
I hear ya. A loss on Sunday not only ruins that day, but makes Monday morning a bad one too. With a 49ers win, the sky is a little brighter, and there's more of a skip in your step. Disappointment only comes when expectations are high, and the 49ers have set the bar for what fans should expect of them and themselves. More winning days are ahead though, so keep your chin up!
#channel49 I still see Kap getting PAID but do you think he still gets the $ we thought he would during the off season?— Antonio Serrano (@aserranojr) November 22, 2013
How much Kaepernick will get paid this off-season is still completely undecided. Joe Flacco is a prime example of that. The Ravens barely made the playoffs, but ultimately won the Super Bowl. At this point in the season last year, the Ravens offense was struggling and the money Flacco ended up receiving (six years, $120.6 million, $52 million guaranteed) would have seemed very unlikely. It's all about how you finish the season when it comes to contracts for quarterbacks usually, the farther the 49ers advance the more money Kap will get paid.
#channel49 is the 49ers window to win the Super Bowl soon closing?— Wesley (@we5dogg) November 22, 2013
It isn't closing at all. Players come and go in the NFL, it's part of the reality of having a salary cap. The good news is, the 49ers have a lot of core players locked up for a while (although Aldon Smith, Iupati, Crabtree, and Kap are free agents in 2015). Compound that with the 49ers having 13 picks in next years draft leaves a lot of room for optimism regarding the sustained success of the ball club. This isn't an aging team on its last legs, it's relatively youthful. The most important part will be filling the void wisely if/when players like Tarell Brown, Donte Whitner, and the 2015 free agents jump ship.
@Woods49ers We all know Harbaugh is a good coach. What are some definable qualities that you think makes him a good coach?— Gavan McLaughlin (@Gavan_Mac) November 22, 2013
Supportive- He builds players up and doesn't break them down.
Creative - Vanilla the offense may be as of late, but not many teams have as big of a playbook as the 49ers.
Enthusiastic - He's energy rubs off on players positively, it's evident they respond well to it. There's nothing wrong with showing emotion when it's real. Yes, I'm calling Pete Carroll a bit of a fake.
Love for the game - Believe it or not there are coaches that are uninspired and coaching is simply a job, that is not Jim Harbaugh. He once said "I always knew I wanted to play as long as I could and then coach as long as I could … and then die". That's the kind of coach who is going to succeed, and he will do so because of his love for the game, the hard work is an enjoyable stress.
These are just a few qualities, which are I missing?