Before I get into what I'm here to say, let me get something off my chest first. Every year every team has a stinker or two. A game where they get out-coached, out-played, out-executed, and nothing goes their way. We had one of those today. It happens to the best of them. It happened back in 2010 when little Jimmy Leonard snapped his leg in practice and we went out and got schlacked on national TV by the Patriots
. Our QB played like crap, we got out-coached in every phase, and everybody thought we'd never win again. Then we went to the AFC Championship game. Go figure. And yes, there IS enough talent to get back there again this year but this team has to make some fundemental changes.
It starts right at the top. Rex has to make the jump from being a good D-Coordinator to being a good Head Coach. Sanchez won't take the next step as a QB until Rex takes the next step as an HC. Rex has to learn to command, control and drive this team to where it needs to be. There's too much emotion and too much puffery going on right now. He has to stop riding emotions, he has to control them. Little Jimmy Leonard breaks his leg, Rex reacts like somebody strangled his newborn, and his team goes out and gets schlacked. He reacted worse when Revis got injured for the season. And his team responded in kind. And enough with the adulation of the enemy. Respect them, don't let your team see you put them on a pedestal. You are a leader of men. They are watching every move and hanging on every word. You must show absolutely no weakness. None. Ever. And for the love of God, stop puffing them up to the public!!! Stop dishing out false rewards. If Coples has a good practice, fantastic. Go ahead and let him lead the team in the breakdown if you want. But why the hell are you telling the world that he's ready to bust out? Why are you gassing him up and creating undue expectations? Let his PLAY paint his picture. Its time to lead. Its time to set a tone. Enough with the weak psychological manipulations. The team takes on the identity of its coach. Thats the bsolute truth. We saw that clearly today. Harbaugh/Niners: intense, grisled, nasty, focused, crafty, hard-nosed, remorseless. Ryan/Jets
: false bravado, indecisive, inconsistent, indirect, uncertain, emotional, lacking leadership.
The mentality of this team is effed up and it needs to change. Ground & Pound and win with defense is a freakin myth. Its a false slogan. Adapt or die. How much do you wanna bet that this game was another Rex special? You know, one of those games where he spends the entire week gushing over the Niners' defense and making sure his offense plays extremely conservatively and places extra emphasis on the importance of not making any mistakes. Don't take chances, don't turn it over. Let the defense handle it. And again that whole "game plan" went boom like dynamite. You cannot win if your plan is not to lose. You cannot allow the opponent to dictate the terms of the engagement. You cannot allow them to hunker down in a position of strength. Even if the enemy is formidable, you must find a weakness and attack it. I felt like we weren't on the attack on offense or defense. I was flabbergasted when the Niners went into an empty set on multiple occassions and we didn't blitz the holy hell out of Alex Smith. Rex needs to come to terms with the fact that he can't win with defense, and place more of the onus of winning ball games on the offense.
I don't believe that the offense will flourish with Sanchez, or any QB, until Rex changes this core belief. We started out the season with a quickened tempo and creativity. We changed personnel, we got into funky alignments, we got into bunched sets... We isolated weak defenders and attacked. And then slowly over the next few games, we seemed to slow it down and got less creative until finally we got to the Niners and stopped taking shots too. Its the mentality of the Head Coach setting in. "Don't take chances, don't risk turnovers." He needs to breathe life into the offense. He needs to turn them loose and let them run some offensive overload blitzes. He has to set a tone and demand results. Drew Brees
is a good football player, but with Sean Payton he's a black ops serial killer. There's no emotion. Just efficient killings. Brees would've never reached that level without Payton. Maybe thats not fair because Payton is an offensive mind. So lets look at a defensive mind and his QB, Belichick and Brady. Is there any doubt that his QB is of the same mind? Is there any doubt that Belichick had a lot to do with Brady developing into the assassin he is? You think Belichick isn't heavily involved in the planning process of dismantling opposing defenses? You think Belichick doesn't instill a certain mindset in his offense? Its time for Rex to get involved in the creative process of his offense. He needs to be intimately involved in conceptual designs and instill that attack mentality. Its time for him to grow and assume full control.
Enough of the nonsense. Its time for change and it starts at the top. Enough of the inconsistent game-plans. Enough of placing loyalties over production. Enough of the extra sleep and extra days off. You don't abdicate your responsibility, you lead. An extra day off to think about this loss? Are you freaking kidding me? How about you get your guys in and coach them up? How about you ensure their preparation and spirit by instilling it? This is the time to be MOST hands on. Get back to work. Lead the charge. LEAD!!!