49ers-Saints: Alex Smith and Rookies Grow Up, but Moral Victories Still Suck

September 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Let me just say it: “Moral victories suck.”
Now I haven’t lost faith in the 49ers, and I do believe they did a lot of good things Monday night. But aren’t you just jonesing for a win?
The confounding thing about this team is the mistakes they make and how they beat themselves.
Mike Singletary absolutely stresses ball control and avoiding mistakes. Most coaches do, of course, but “Iron Mike” is such a disciplinarian that it seemed like a foregone conclusion that mistakes from his squad would be limited.
Please don’t think this is another “Mike Singletary should be fired” article. It is not—and please don’t post links to stale articles that say as much in the comment thread.
That said, there are some items that Singletary and his coaching staff need to clean up.
Let’s look at the turnovers first: two interceptions, one lost fumble (two if you count David Baas’ errant snap), and one...

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