And therein lies the secret to modern change. Bad practices are continued for as long as they are profitable. Protest with your voice all you want, but your wallet is the only thing that is ever heard.
Cam is progressing as a quarterback and you can see that the game is starting to slow down for him. Some of his escapes this past week, followed up by good downfield throws is a sign that he's coming into his own. He's not there, yet, though. We've got a long season ahead of us and I hope he keeps progressing. He's still not an elite passer, but he is respectable at the moment. He is a long way from his peak, but he's getting better and better with time. Let's face it, the guy has such incredible natural talent that it is going to be hard to imagine just how good he can possibly get. He is the first of the next generation QBs and we're going to be ahead of that curve for a long time.
There's a whole discussion to be had about for profit corporations taking over the running of non-profit hospitals. You can bring in the idea of each hospital's "Book" wherein they keep all of their prices for all services, supplies and practices. Those books are guarded and the consumer is never allowed to take a look. Insurance companies fight against the book and the management corporations use patients and near local monopolies to fight against the insurance companies. Sad to say but hospitals used to bring in so many workers because they could charge more for more nursing/technician care (cost plus a percentage), but insurance companies and Medicare cracked down on that heavily. Our medical billing and administration system is so completely byzantine at this point that it may require nationalization to get it back into some sense of order. And don't even get into the kick-backs and outright bribes in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices field.
Great coaches build an identity for a team, and Rivera's been doing that. He's added toughness to the team as a whole, and a part of that might have begun when he and Gettleman showed Smith the door. We all love Smitty, but he had been the schoolyard bully here for too long and it was beginning to be a detriment to the development of our next generation of players. Rivera's personality and toughness is rubbing off on the team, but I think the team is rubbing off on him, too. That's going to turn into something special over the next couple of years.
Seattle looks like a team where everyone is either getting big fat checks each week or is waiting on getting those big fat checks. It's a formula for a crash and it looks like they are in that mode now. That being said, we still can't take them lightly, those guys did earn those big contracts after all. And Jimmy Graham has two weeks worth of Thomas Davis nightmares still to go through before game day. He was so intimidated the last time he played against us, I started feeling bad for the guy. I'm afraid that Graham might wet his pants this time around.
I've got to disagree here. Adding in a first class wide receiver just so Richard Sherman and Co. have someone to play with is just patently stupid. They'll shut that guy down, too. Instead, keep running Ginn and Brown on go routes until either the Legion of Boom's legs fall off or they quit covering them. Your assertion also works on the idea that there's a great, unpicked WR out there somewhere that we can just call and have him come over to play. Guess what? There isn't! If there was, we'd either have that player or the frikkin' Ravens, Jags, Vikings, Eagles, Chiefs, Cowboys or Browns would have grabbed him. Don't even suggest Hicks... that car has been on the used lot for a long time with Sale signs all over it... that just screams lemon. TO is, was and forever will be locker room poison and when he plays, it just takes a mean look from a safety to make him develop alligator arms and a yellow streak up his back. He's year's away from those highlight reals. Boldin is going to be Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay in Frisco, they are in bad straights there, but they aren't giving up one of their stars who hasn't been a locker room distraction. Lastly, let's face it, it's not a pretty truth, but it is the truth just the same, Cam's greatest game strength isn't his ability to get the ball consistently to wide receivers. He's not Peyton, Brady, Rodgers, Brees or even Ryan who can thread a needle to get the ball to a star wide receiver. What he is is a constant threat to run, a constant threat in the read option, a legendary mobile quarterback and someone who benefits greatly from a strong run/play action pass game and one helluva a defense. Gettleman's got him covered for that.
Yeah, bail out on the Middle East. Reinforce our commitment to Israel, then completely withdraw from the Middle East. That place and the people therein, need to sort it out for themselves. We've invested countless tears and treasure in trying to get the place looking and acting like the Western World, but the populace doesn't want us telling them who to be. Heck, we'd be fighting back if the positions were reversed. Let them fight it out amongst themselves, establish their own countries and borders and develop their own laws. They may be a threat when they get done, but we'll be rested and rebuilt, our coffers will be full again. Their new leaders will have their hands full for a generation or more getting settled in. And the oil will flow, the oil will flow, don't you have the slightest doubt of that. The money is way too important to those countries for there to be an embargo at the end. Walk away and let them fight it out.
Nope. Bersin and Olsen are completely different on everything except for complexion and hair color. Apples and oranges. Olsen is a bonafide first rate star player. He makes all of the tough catches, busts through for yards after catch, blocks, helps in the running game, and can destroy a zone defense. He makes good and great defenders look bad a number of times each game. Bersin can run a route, get to his spot on the field and catch the ball just like it is drawn up in the playbook. He gets tackled and holds onto the ball. He's not blasting past DBs, he's not faking anyone out of their jock straps. He is where you want him to be when you need him there and he gets the reception. He's a possession receiver and he's becoming a fine example of that very important role. But he isn't Olsen and he isn't really that close. He can be pretty good, but Olsen is on track to become great with a much more complex job.
It's hard to blame a guy for looking panicked and skittish in the midst of a house fire all around him. He's trapped in the burning building that the 49ers management and ownership created. Actually, I never thought he was as good as Alex Smith, and that's being proven now, but he's not as bad as he's playing right now.
I think we go 3-1, losing to the Eagles as a surprise after winning a tough cross country game vs. Seattle. I think we beat Green Bay whose record has been built on beating a terrible Bears team, a dumpster fire in San Fran, shaky Seattle team and Kansas City who likes to put up numbers just slightly smaller than their opponents'. Indy is falling apart, Seattle is due for a let down year and Green Bay won't go undefeated for half a year. Philly has a lot of weapons and I think if they catch us just right, we're in trouble. If they play like they have been, though, it could be a cakewalk.