4. San Fransisco 49ers
For those Seahawks fans out there that are expecting to see the 49ers fade down the stretch, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that will not happen any time soon. The 49ers are too good of a football team for that to happen.
They are a very disciplined, and well coached team. They play the kind of defense that make teams think twice when offensively game planning against them.
They are ranked 10th in total defense, and have the #1 ranked rushing defense in the NFL at 73.4 YPG.
Their offense is physical at the point of impact. They love to run the football, and they will pound the ball at you in waves. Even though the 49ers are ranked 23rd in total offense, more or less because Alex Smith is the QB, the 49ers are ranked 6th in the NFL in rushing at 137.6 YPG.
This is what they will do all season long. There is no secret to their offensive scheme. Jim Harbaugh took the keys away from Alex Smith, and put it in the hands of Frank Gore and his offensive line.
Lastly, look at the 49ers schedule the rest of the way.
Let’s face facts. You will not win in this league without a QB. If you think I’m wrong take a look at every good team in this league and tell me if they have a bad QB.
I do not mean to say this as a slight to Tarvaris Jackson. I think we all have come to a point in the season where we can agree that Jackson gives the Seahawks the best chance to win games right now.
That should not give the insinuation that Tarvaris Jackson is not the long term solution at QB. He can’t be mainly because he has been exactly what he has always been. A career backup/fringe NFL starter used in these exact type of situations. When a team needs a one-year stop gap.
He will never be the type of QB a team will commit to build around. Yes, for this season Tarvaris Jackson is fine, sure, but can Tarvaris Jackson lead this team to the playoffs? No.
This season can still show a lot of promise if you’re looking at the right things.
We finally should get answers to questions about some of our rookies, and second year personnel.
That is exactly what transition years are for. I think last years playoff run gave the wrong impression to Seahawks fans for this season. I’m not saying it wasn’t nice to be competing in the playoffs, but last year’s team wasn’t a playoff team under normal circumstances. (They were after all 7-9)
I think that the playoff appearance created unrealistic expectations for this year’s team.
These seasons happen when GM’s gut the the team from the previous regime.
Erickson did it, Holmgren did, and Carroll and Schneider are doing it now.
Let’s just hope they keep their eyes on the prize, and one day we’ll feel spoiled again like we did during the successful years with Holmgren running the team.
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