You know what I always find annoying? Whenever you’re at some point in the midst of any given sport’s season and someone posits the argument: “If you would have told me at the beginning of the year …” Because it’s stupid! It’s usually some hyper-specific “prediciton” that no one would ever predict!
Nevertheless, if you would have told me at the beginning of the year that the Seahawks would be 2-2, tied for the division lead, and the 49ers would be 0-4 … yeah, even though I’m overweight and uncoordinated, I would’ve been doing cartwheels (Uncoordinated Fat Guy Cartwheels, yes). I don’t know what would have pleased me more, to tell you the truth. I think all those sour grapes bunching up in my core would’ve enjoyed seeing misfortune hit the 49ers probably more than our .500 record and a share of the division.
That having been said, if you would have told me that the Seahawks would be 2-1 and heading down to St. Louis where they’d go on to lose 20-3 in the most frustrating fashion … well, I probably would have been doing what I was doing yesterday (hint: it involved a lot of forehead-slaps).
Forgive the all caps, but: I’M SICK OF WATCHING OFFENSIVELY-CHALLENGED TEAMS FROM SEATTLE! Three points? THREE? Against the Rams? THE RAMS?
Look, you can’t count on running back kickoffs as your primary offense. You won’t win many games! You need to run the ball, you need to convert on 3rd downs (or 4th downs if you are so bold), and you need to not turn the ball over.
Here’s the problem as I saw it: we should have ran the ball MORE. We could have won that game yesterday by simply running the ball on first and second down, then converting a 3rd and short.
Instead, what we DID was maybe run the ball once, then pass for an incompletion, leaving us in 3rd and long where, again, pass for incompletion. Hasselbeck missed on 16 of 36 throws; that’s rediculous! I’m not going to sit here and call for his head, but you’ve got to help him out a little bit! We’re not sitting here with the kind of talent they have in Indianapolis or New England. Our receivers aren’t lighting the league on fire (hence the signing of Brandon Stokley in the middle of last week).
Is our run game great? No, but Forsett was getting yards yesterday. He was picking up decent-sized chunks here and there; if we would have stuck with that, we could have put Hasselbeck in managable situations where success would’ve been more likely.
I just don’t know what to say. We lost to the Rams. We’re tied with the Rams and Cardinals for first place in the NFC West. At least there’s a BYE this week. After an offensive performance like that, I think we could all use a break from watching this team again.