The NFL season is a fourth of the way through and our San Francisco 49ers are 0-4. Many things have contributed to the four losses with two of the games resulting in embarrassing blowouts and the other two were lost in the final minutes because of mistakes. Have we been oversold on the quality of the roster and the quality of coaches determining each week’s game plan? I am starting to lean towards yes for both but I think the quality of coaches is a huge issue with the 49ers. We all know about the offense and the play calling which now has been fixed, or so we have been told. We all know how good the defense has been the last two seasons and this season was suppose to be the units breakout year. And we are still waiting. The roster on both sides of the football is stacked with quality players who are proven playmakers. However the coaching staff is not getting the quality play each week from their playmakers. Instead it is question of how bad will the 49ers play this week. Will they get blown out or keep it close all game and then give it away in the final minutes. I put all my faith in quarterback Alex Smith this season thinking he is in the final year of his contract and if does not have a good season he is done in San Francisco and probably as an starter in the NFL. With each loss and interception thrown my faith in Smith crumbles. You know it’s bad when in your fantasy football leagues you consider starting the defense the 49ers are playing against knowing Smith is good for at least two interceptions and won’t put up over 250 yards passing. But now is not the time for a change at quarterback. I don’t think David Carr gives the 49ers any of a better chance at winning than Smith. Both quarterbacks play behind an offensive line that is a work in progress.
The most frustrating part of the first four games, and encouraging, is that the 49ers at 0-4 are only two games out of first place and have only played a division rival once this season. Frustrating because the Seahawks, Cardinals and Rams all stand at 2-2, a record the 49ers could easily have had minus a few mistakes in games two and four, and encouraging because the 49ers are only two games out of first place. The next two games are perfect opportunities for the 49ers to get their first two wins as they play at home against the Eagles who will be missing quarterback Michael Vick and might be without running back LeSean McCoy. The following week the 49ers will play against Bay Area rivals the Oakland Raiders who are team the 49ers should be able to beat.
If the 49ers lose the next two games nothing will save the team from their self inflicted collapse. Nothing will save Smith and his starting job at quarterback and nothing will save Mike Singletary and his tenure as the 49ers head coach. The season is not lost yet because of the weak NFC West but we have been oversold on what this team can accomplish and what the coaches can do.