If you are a diehard 49er fan, right about now, no matter how hard you try you cannot get two lingering memories out of your head. Kyle Williams’ botched punt of 2012 NFC championship game and Roger Craig’s fumble in the 1990 NFC championship game. The heartache from these two moments lingers on and is not going away but you absolutely hate it when this creeps up from beneath the cobwebs in your brain to becoming a vivid, front and center concern right around this time of the year.
Anyway back to good thoughts. Here’s a list of the non-obvious things the Niners need to do to punch their tickets for New Orleans:
1) Kaepernick’s play calling at the line of scrimmage must be simplified. He seems panicked, uncomfortable and edgy at the line of scrimmage. Shaky snaps at the start of the game are common. This needs to be corrected especially in the ultra-loud Georgia Dome and similarly at the Superdome
2) He has one of the best QB arms in NFL but we have to cross check his geometry grades in college. Can you say ARC? Put some flight into your passes dude. The bullets to the receivers are magical but we need more diversity on the long bombs. Put some arc on them Colin.
3) Get Randy Moss involved early. Kaepernick wants to desperately throw to him but either ends up overshooting him or throwing in double or triple coverage. Need to get Moss involved early on in the game. Need to also keep him involved in more plays. Keep the birds guessing?
4) Akers has to deliver. The pressure on him is intense but he must meditate on good memories from the first half of the season where his kicks were as good as money. He will play a critical role in the game.
Here’s to positive thoughts and New Orleans dreams. Go Niners!!!