As the game between the 49ers and Vikings approaches, the final question that crosses my mind is this: Just how much ass will the 49ers kick in this game?
I think it's clear that they're expected to kick said ass, but how can one measure how much ass has actually been kicked? Is it a matter of points that determines such a feat? Or rather, is it yards gained, allowed, etc? A good metric must be determined prior to this contest if we're ever going to be able to answer this ever-important question.
I would say that the Tampa Bay game in Candlestick Park last year was a good example of "ass kicked". I've long been hoping for a repeat, and actually felt it last week during the early stages of the Detroit game. While it may be more difficult on the road, in the loud environment of the dome, I think it's a real possibility.
Here are some ideas for the team to employ in order to kick as much ass as I'm talking about here:
- Move down the field at will. Make the defense look foolish for even showing up.
- Score lots of points. There's nothing like quickly handing the ball back to the opposition because you just effortlessly scored on them.
- Stifle any attempts by the opposition to move the ball. Loss of yardage, sacks, turnovers, etc. These are all good ways to demoralize the other team and crush their spirit.
- Even when you make mistakes, turn them into positives. The other team will throw their hands up as if to say, "#^%@ me! Can ANYTHING go our way?!!"
- Show swagger. After a sack, perhaps do a special dance, maybe the same dance the opposing QB does when throwing for a touchdown.