Hey folks, this is Fooch from Niners Nation. With the dramatic showdown coming up this Monday night between your Cardinals and my 49ers, I thought I'd open up the floor to questions you might have. The 49ers are playing admist some serious turmoil as we've got a new head coach who seems to coach/motivate by the seat of his pants (or pants-less as the case may be).
On other sites I've gone into the offensive and defensive strengths and weaknesses of the 49ers, but we've reached a point in the 49ers season where things have changed rather dramatically. J.T. O'Sullivan was finally benched two weeks ago in the Seattle game, and Shaun Hill was inserted in the starting lineup. Many fans have been clamoring for this change and I have to say, the time had finally come for it to happen.
This change mixes things up for the 49ers offense. While JTO brought the big play to the 49ers offense, that big play might be for or against the team. Prior to his benching, he led the NFL in turnovers and sacks due in some part to a bad offensive line and in large part to his own poor judgement.
Under Shaun Hill, the offense will be a little more methodical, but should be a lot more consistent. He'll use the tight ends and running backs a lot more as his ability with the deep pass is really just not there. He worked with the first team offense the last week and a half for the first time since the first week of training camp. It will be interesting to see how much of the traditional Mike Martz playbook we see with Hill at the helm.
As for the defense, well it's been god-awful. I've felt there is too much talent for them to be this bad so I blame it on the coaching. Hopefully the switch from Nolan to Singletary will remove some of the way too conservative constraints on the D. It was hideous under Singletary against Seattle, but I'm hoping the bye week allowed them to get rid of the last vestiges of the Mike Nolan super-soft D.
With that, I open the floor to questions on anything and everything.