What do you call this? Playing to the level of your opponent? Figuring out new and exciting ways to blow games? Hike it through the goal posts for 2? The curse of Super Bowl LI? Or, as Bill Walsh said, playing just well enough to lose?
For whatever its worth, Kyle Shanahan cannot close games to save his life. Our only win was saved by a ticky tack holding call nowhere near the play that negated an interception that would have been a first and 10 from the Niner 15 in the closing minutes of the Detroit game.
The 49ers have blown 4th quarter leads like I blow through a 12 pack on game day. The Super Bowl failure has been well-documented, and put to rest, but blowing a one point lead against the Clippers isn’t horrific, esp on the road. Blowing a 7 point lead, twice, to the Packers is tough, esp because we out-played them for the most part but couldn’t finish. Couldn’t finish/.
Blowing a 12 point lead to the fucking Cardinals? In front of a crowd that sounded like 1/2 49er fans? Pathetic. Injuries be damned, when you have a team down 12 in the 4th quarter you have to be able to shut the door. You hold a team to 3 points for 3 quarters and give up 15 in the 4th? Fuck that in spades.
Saaleh should be fired on the spot. This is obviously not just his problem, but once again, we let 5-6 screens go for 15 yards a pop. 3rd and 12? No prob. Screen to Johnson for 18 yards. I’ve never seen a defense that systematically leaves so many people unaccounted for over and over. rosen wasn’t all that good, but he got the job done when he needed to.
CJ the Beater? Hell to the no. He seems to think that he has all day to throw and he can peruse the WRs in their routes for 5-6 seconds. He doesn’t. He takes WAY too many sacks. The idiot announcers did at least point out on numerous occasions that Beater was not just firing the ball out when he had a couple guys open. He was waiting for someone to get more open? Shit I don’t know.
Bu the bottom line here is, I’ve got some questions about how these guy finish. I mean, we get the Stupor Bowl to look forward to this Thursday as we travel to the wilds of Oakland for our last visit to the Mausoleum. Frankly, I have no hope for our defense. The Raiders suck as bad as us and can find a bunch of ways to lose themselves, but they can score points once in a while.
Without Garoppolo, we are shit on a shingle. And maybe we are winning these games with a better QB. Butt the holes in our defensive scheme are big enough to drive 8 more losses through.