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The Same Surname in the Same Position Hopefully Renders a Different Result

posted Oct 27, 2010, 11:33 AM by Isaac Lopez

The San Francisco 49ers are now 1-6 with the exception of the Kansas City Chiefs game, all the 49ers' losses have been very close. In past entries I put most of the blame on Alex Smith, but it seems the 49ers as a franchise have decided to focus on Mike Singletary. I hope the 49ers don't make the mistake of firing Singletary when perhaps he has been the greatest coach since Steve Mariucci. Dennis Erickson and Mike Nolan have been nearly forgettable coaches since both individuals did not bring a winning attitude to the team. The 49ers are a work in progress, and if the franchise does not surround Singletary with legitimate talent it won't matter who they have in the head coach position. Changes need to be made in regards to player personnel not the coaching staff.


It seems the 49ers have relied too much on their defense to win the game for them. This is not reflective of a field general, a quarterback. A marquee team always has a strong quarterback that leads a team to victory. The 49ers had such quarterbacks in Joe Montana, and Steve Young. Alex Smith is simply not that type of quarterback and neither is David Carr. Unfortunately it took an injury to Alex Smith who is out with a sprained shoulder for the next 4-6 weeks to force the 49ers to make a change at quarterback. Hopefully former Heisman Trophy winner, Troy Smith can turn the franchise around.



The Battle for a Golden Soul

posted Oct 14, 2010, 10:00 AM by Isaac Lopez

The San Francisco 49ERS are now 0-5 on the season, with the exception of the blowout in Kansas City all their losses have been close games. The talent is there, the coaching is there, they just need to make a few key changes.


It all starts and ends with Alex Smith, the 49ERS need a new quarterback. I've stated before that they made a mistake drafting Smith over Aaron Rodgers and I still believe that very strongly. Smith is very streaky he doesn't have championship pedigree. Perhaps the 49ERS need to explore starting the backup quarterback or make a trade for a decent starting quarterback.


Mike Singletary is an excellent coach he is the "attitude" that the 49ERS need to become a winning franchise again. However, his blind faith in Smith may cost him his job. I for one would not like to see that happen because I can't see any legitimate replacement out there that would benefit the 49ERS.


Next week we face the Oakland Raiders, it's going to be The Battle of The Bay, and it would be nice if the 49ERS could manufacture their first victory against the cross town rival. This battle is for the Bay Area soul, which bleeds scarlet red, a soul that is, and always will be golden.



The 49ers Need a Major Overhaul

posted Oct 3, 2010, 2:03 PM by Isaac Lopez   [ updated Oct 3, 2010, 4:52 PM ]

     The San Francisco 49ERS led for 59 minutes and 58 seconds, they are now 0-4, which begs the question, what is going on? A lot of blame for the team’s shortcomings was being placed on the 49ers' inability to get the plays into Alex Smith on time, the 49ers responded by firing offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. Mike Johnson will move from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Offensive assistant Jason Michael will take over as quarterbacks coach. Honestly these changes are cosmetic to me. In order for the 49ers to be successful, they need to bring somebody from the outside, somebody with a similar personality and work ethic as Mike Singletary. During the 49ers' glory years in the 1990's everyone remembers Bill Walsh who left a winning legacy for George Seaford to build on. However, the 49ers' success belongs to Mike Shanahan as much as the aforementioned prestigious and distinguished gentleman. Shanahan while Offensive Coordinator with the 49ers, he had a fiery no-nonsense personality that is similar to Mike Singletary. Just as Mike Singletary changed the attitude of the defense when he was a 49ers' coordinator, Shanahan did the same for the offense whether it was Steve Young to Jerry Rice, Joe Montana to Jerry Rice, Steve Young to John Taylor and Bret Jones, or Joe Montana to John Taylor and Bret Jones no matter what the combination was, the 49ers' offense was always in sync.


     That is exactly what this current incarnation of the San Francisco 49ers lacks, with the exception of Mike Singletary, and Patrick Willis on defense, the 49ers don't have the personalities in place to be a marquee team that is feared and respected. Both the team and the staff don't have the championship attitude that they need and that Singletary and Willis are trying to instill.


     So what now? Perhaps the 49ers should think about making some deals for players that fit better in their system before the trade deadline. Principally for a real quarterback that can fit into the system that Singletary is trying to implement. Alex Smith has had enough opportunities to "prove" that he is the 49ers future quarterback. It is time to drop the "future" and just become the quarterback; something that I feel Alex Smith is not able to do.


     There is two weeks left before the trade deadline, the same may argue that the 49ers can turn it around with the current team, and do to the strength of the NFC West winning the division is still very much in play. I would argue that even if 49ers were to win the division which is highly unlikely, they need to have a team in place that can compete in the very competitive NFL playoffs no matter how much wishful thinking there is, Alex Smith will not be the catalyst for the 49ers to be successful in the postseason. It has yet to be seen what the 49ers will do. I hope they don't misplace the blame of their failure on Mike Singletary because he is an excellent coach and the coach of the future.



Who Dat? The 49ers... Well Almost

posted Sep 22, 2010, 4:30 PM by Isaac Lopez

The San Francisco 49ers are a young scrappy team, they took the defending Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints to the limit on Monday night. They honestly defeated themselves by committing careless penalties and turnovers. They need to strengthen their fundamentals and not try to do too much at the same time. They must remember that they are football players, not super heroes. Alex Smith really surprised me. I am one of his harshest critics, and I still am. However, he is starting to grow on me. It was his desire to keep the 49ers in the game late in the fourth quarter that really impressed me. We'll have to see whether he continues that trend. Patrick Willis is an impressive linebacker, it was his desire that allowed Alex Smith to make that late run. Had he not stopped the Saints at the goal line I would be talking about a much different game in this entry.


The 49ers have a huge upside, as long as they don't defeat themselves. Patrick Willis, Frank Gore, maybe Michael Crabtree and maybe Alex Smith is a good core to build around. We will have to see whether they don't squander the talented weapons that they have around them. Check your egos at the door, and just play football!



The 49ers Look to Replace Ingredients in Their Golden Recipe: Crab Instead of Rice, But Crab May Not be The Right Ingredient

posted Sep 14, 2010, 12:33 PM by Isaac Lopez   [ updated Sep 14, 2010, 7:28 PM ]

2010 has been a notable year for the 49ers franchise, Jerry Rice arguably the greatest football player of all time is officially a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee to the National Football League's Hall of Fame, in Canton Ohio. This is a great source of pride for the 49ers' organization.


Not only do the 49ers have reason to celebrate the past, they also look towards the future at least that was the mentality going into Seattle to face the Seahawks. The 49ers could not execute offensively and the Seahawks took advantage of that. It seemed like the 49ers' fundamentals were just not there, as they used all of their first-half timeouts by the opening moments of the second quarter. They had several trips to the Red Zone and could not capitalize on any of those opportunities. After being ahead of the Seahawks 6-0 thanks to two 49er field goals, they were outscored 31 to 0 and ultimately lost the game 31-6. They did not run the ball on the Seattle defense. Michael Crabtree was nonexistent, he dropped easily catchable balls, ran the wrong routes, along with other mental mistakes. His absence in the 49ers' offense along with the 49ers inability to run the ball, created the perfect volatile cocktail that led to a 49ers defeat.


Alex Smith has always been one of my least favorite players; I still believe that the 49ers made a grave mistake in drafting him over Aaron Rodgers. Although it could be argued that Aaron Rodgers is only as good as he is because he had the opportunity to be a future Hall of Fame quarterback’s under study in Green Bay. However, I had the privilege to watch him play in college, as he is A Former Bear. His skills were always there and he would have been successful regardless of where he was drafted.


If the 49ers can find a way to execute, I see them having no issue with winning the NFC West. They have all the ingredients necessary to make this a successful year, the question is whether these ingredients can come together to make it a masterpiece of a recipe.



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