Yes, the fans are angry, and they are not showing up in droves to the gleaming new stadium. Yes, they lost another desultory game to the Ginger-less Cincinnati Bengals. The difference with this one was Blaine Gabbert showed his shitty side this time around. he had trouble hitting his pass catchers in stride, and this resulted in a couple tipped passes that were picked off. 3 in total. Throw in an untimely fumble in our territory, and there you have it. The defense did a good job of stopping Cincy’s run game, and AJ McCarron had a low-impact 15/21 game. In fact, the Niners offense actually outgained Cincy 318 to 242. the run game was dealt yet another blow as Shaun Draughn went down early with a knee injury after a decent start.
The word was this game would determine the fate of this coaching staff. Well, meh. The fact that we are 4-10 and how we have lost some of these games, and most particularly, the way we lost last week amid the talk of overconfidence and looking past Cleveland, this coaching staff does not deserve a 2nd pass. This game determined little in my head other than we are outmatched in a lot of areas. Sure, this team has been once again decimated by injuries, and we’ve got 3rd and 4th stringers all over the roster. My main point is the coaching staff decision shouldn’t even matter at this point. The coaching staff decision should be made by our new GM. Trent Baalke should not be the GM of this team anymore. If the new GM thinks Tomsula should get another shot, well, I guess I could swallow that, as unlikely as that may be.
The biggest problem is the fact that Trent Baalke appears to be free from the criticism he so richly deserves. Baalke inherited a team loaded with talent. A team built by Scotty McLaughan (he was jettisoned amid rumors around a drinking problem. He immediately paid huge dividends in Seattle, and has since taken his wares to The Redskins. A team that looks to be improving). 6 years later, the team has lost most of the talent from the Scotty days, and little has replaced it.
Granted, I’ll give him a pass on the Borland retirement. No one saw that. And no one saw Anthony Davis’ retirement late in the offseason, but still, this last draft baffled me beyond reason. As I’ve said, Baalke missed on the huge holes he needed to fill last year and instead drafted for the future. The Niners needed CB help, O line help, ILB help, and WR help. We get a D lineman, a safety, and OLB, and a TE.
Armstead is a work in progress. Tartt I really like, Harold? Another work in progress, and Bell is fair to middling. The rest are non-entities. All those draft picks lead to nothing. the 2014 draft sees a fair to middling CB in Jimmy Ward, Hyde looks good if he can ever get through a season, Martin is a washout at C and struggling at RG, Borland came and went, Brandon Thomas isn’t able to crack this shitty line, nor is Trenton Brown for that matter. Dontae Johnson and Aaron Lynch are surprises, but the rest are backups and STers. Meh.
My biggest problem with this season is the fact that they KNEW they needed offensive line help going in to the draft. They KNEW that Mike Iupati was leaving, they KNEW Marcus Martin was untested, they KNEW Daniel Kilgore was injured, they KNEW they had little to no depth. Yet they did little to nothing about it. The fact that Eric Pears is still starting is a GIGANTIC indictment of the job Trent Baalke is doing. Evan Mathis was available the entire offseason, yet we passed on him.