I took a couple of things out of Saints 25, 49ers 22 Monday night. One: San Francisco has to be the sloppiest, ugliest team in the league through two weeks, and that takes in a lot of ground (Cleveland, Carolina, Buffalo). A constant stream of mistakes -- some forced by the Super Bowl champs, some completely of the 49ers own doing (by stars and scrubs alike) -- tells me the Niners might be the best team in an awful division, but they won't give anyone trouble in the playoffs unless they clean up their act. Like, yesterday.
Two: I was very impressed with the poise, presence and accuracy (71.8 percent against
Several 49er fans have written me over the years, saying they've had enough of Smith and it's time to move on. Last night, he executed embattled offensive coordinator
There's lot to be depressed about if you're a 49ers fan. You don't know if
Four other quick thoughts:
I see the Jets going after
Now onto your e-mail:
HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE MEDIA ACCESS.
Well, OK. I realize there is no sympathy and very little empathy for the news media and how we do our jobs. But I ask you this: Would you rather read the antiseptic news conference quotes, 50 minutes after the game when all the emotion has been removed from the equation? Or would you rather get a sense of how the players really felt a few minutes after the game? I can't believe you wouldn't want to know real feelings, but to each his own.
Maybe. But the difference in styles between Moore and Clausen is not great. It's not like preparing for
SURE HE CAN.
Well, he's got six, and the record is 22.5. So can Matthews get 17 sacks in 14 games? In
Well, I wouldn't be so sure Carolina and Cleveland are the two worst teams in the league. Buffalo and St. Louis are in the discussion there. But Tampa Bay's defense is too strong for it to be in the bottom three or four, I think.
A VOTE FOR THE 18-GAME SCHEDULE.
My concern is that there are enough prominent players hurt during the course of a 16-game season; injuries happen more readily to tired and worn-out players. But you're going to win. The owners are going to 18 games.
LET'S GIVE IT A FEW WEEKS.
They're getting big boosts from their rookies, that's for sure. I'm still looking for the