Hard to come up with positive stuff when your team is apparently on a crash-course to oblivion, but news out of the locker room is that the team is getting behind Blaine Gabbert. Paul Gutierrez of ESPN is reporting that the players are impressed with his taking advantage the second coming of his career. Granted, Gabbert is 1-2 in his short starting stint as the Niners signal-caller, but he has grasped the offense and ran it fairly well. His win vs Atl was against a defense with no pass rush. However, Gabbert played OK against two very tough defenses in Seattle and AZ. Not too many mistakes, but also a lot of not being aggressive. Gabbert has struggled with the deep ball, but this could be rust. he certainly has a strong arm but has left most deep balls short.
Both teams seemed to be looking past us, but that is neither here nor there. Point being, the Niners have four very winnable games to close out the season with Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and StL coming up. Of course they are all on the road (except for the Rams, and Cincy at home should be a loss), so you have to think this throws a wrench into the best-laid plans of getting in the top 5 picks). The defense seems to crater on the road and play well at home, so I guess we just have to hope they get their rest and remember how to tackle away from Santa Clara.
Of course this plays in to the draft implications, but seriously, if they can’t win a couple of these games, this is more impetus to jettison everyone. I think this should be done anyway, but unfortunately my name isn’t Jed York. Who know how he will react to the team going 4-1 to close out the season?
It certainly wouldn’t save the jobs of most of this coaching staff. But that’s a given. My problem is the management. Baalke’s latest draft has proven to be another head-scratcher as the immediate needs at CB, O line, and ILB were not addressed. Wilhoite has been a disappointment, and OLB Eli Harold a work-in-progress. The young CBs Acker and Reaser have struggled. Marcus Cromartie, a UDFA who has bounced around Cleveland’s and SF’s practice squads, has outplayed them both.
Beyond that, the rest of the glad-handers club that Jed has built needs to go. They need, for once in their lives, to hire a football guy and not these bean-counter types.
Get a GM like Scott Pioli. A guy who was VP of player personnel in NE for their 3-ring run from 2001 to 2008. He’s been around the game as a coach, a talent evaluator, and a GM since 1988.
Get something right, Jed.