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San Francisco Will finish below .500….and still has a chance for the playoffs.

Posted By Jason Rossi On Dec 17 2010 @ 10:12 pm In San Francisco 49ers | No Comments

Week 15’s 49ers blow-out by the San Diego Chargers showed that the 49ers are not ready to hang with the upper echelon teams in the NFL.

Sadly, a St. Louis and Seattle loss this weekend will keep the 49ers playoff hopes alive.  Couple that with the 49ers winning their final two games of the season, both against division rivals, and the 49er will be heading to the playoffs.

I say this is sad because they do not deserve to go to the playoffs.  This gives me pause because I am a 49ers fan and I want to see them win their 6th championship, but this year’s team is not the team to do it.  They have many of the right pieces in place to be an elite team, but there is still work to be done.

Week 15’s game showed that the 49ers have not found their identity yet.  Mike Singletary is trying to mould the team into a version of the ’85 Bears, but this season has shown that that is not what they are.  Maybe they would be more successful modeling their schemes from the New England Patriots.  I know that New England has Tom Brady, but from a scheme perspective, they are a nickel and dime team that use their tight ends often.  The 49ers have two very strong tight-ends and a strong receiving core.  

Last night showed what happens to a team without an identity, they lose focus.  Two key penalties erased a touchdown (a face mask penalty nullified Ted Ginn’s kick-off return touchdown at the start of the 3rd quarter), and lost a key team leader for the game (Justin Smith ejection from the game). 

The trouble with these types of issues is there is no easy fix.  It takes a special type of leader to erase the failings of the past, and Mike Singletary is not the one to do it.

I will cheer on my 49ers the rest of the season, but I will hope they don’t make the playoffs.  I don’t want to see them get embarrassed at home in the playoffs.  They have been embarrassed enough for one year.

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