There are so many cliches that are associated with pro sports. One of the biggest is the "SUPER BOWL HANGOVER". If you "buy" into any of these sports cliches, well, I have a bridge to sell you.
What I do buy into is the "coaching wins games" philosophy. In todays case..... coaching LOST a game. It was coach Whisenhunts devotion to a running game that does not exist that cost this team a chance at a victory today. while he has stressed the need for a strong running game in his 2+ seasons here, it's the lack thereof that took the Cardinals down today. TIM HIGHTOWER and Beanie Wells combined for 44 yards on 15 carries. That includes a 15 yard run by Wells! Don't get me wrong, alot of credit must be given to the SAN FRAN CISCO 49'ers defense today. It's no secret that the Cards CAN NOT run the ball but WILL TRY to run the ball ALOT! TODD HALEY was smart enough to see the passing game is what butters the Cards bread, coach WHIS did not today.
The other major factor today was the love the CARDINALS have for the penalty. 12 of them today for over 80 yards! A few were on the same play! That's a problem that has plagued the Cards for years. Coaching needs to remedy that. After the game Ken Whisenhunt said that penalties will not be tolerated and that those players will not play. Better get more players on the team! 12 penalties means alot of extra bodies will be needed! All joking aside, penalties are a product of coaching also.
It is a shame that such a dominant display by the defense was over shadowed by penalties and an offense that rarely clicked. Gerald Hayes, Calais Campbell and Karlos Dansby had great games on defense. The line looked dominant at times, and played well throughout. The kicking game was also strong today. Penalties and a failed attempt at a running game was the Cardinals downfall today.
The 49ers look like a team to reckon with this year. With the strong showing by Seattle today, the NFC WEST may be a very tough division. The Cardinals can not afford many more games like today if they plan on a 2nd straight post season birth.