Yea, there was a time when the bye week was an unnecessary distraction from the great teams of the recent and not so recent past. Now, it is a respite from the injuries, disasters, bad calls, bad play calling, and the injuries. And it also signifies saying goodbye to the 2020 season. Sure, we are still in the hunt, and frankly, the defense played a pretty solid game against the tough New Orleans Saints. The Niners held the ball for the entire 1st quarter, and they built a 10 point lead to start the 2nd quarter.
From there it went down the rabbit hole as mistakes, penalties, horrible line calls, and the moribund offense kept the team stuck in 1st gear throughout the rest of the game. And that was even with Drew Brees cooling his ribs on the sidelines for the whole 2nd half after a sack by K Street. One that was flagged for no apparent reason, other than we tackled an old white guy. The fucking side judge made the call from 20 yards away rather than the back judge 6 feet away.
But, whatever. The two muffed punts, the two interceptions, the obligatory stupid 4th down run up the middle, and the inexplicable inability to put a body on Chauncey Gardner-Johnson played a huge part in the loss.
Which brings me to the coaching. Once again, there were thousands of fans screaming at their TVs to do something about Gardner-Johnson. It looked like to me he made 15 tackles in the 1st half as we inexplicably tried to run sweeps when every play was getting blown up for losses. GJ was in the backfield faster than our guys were getting the ball. Yet we kept running those plays and not blocking GJ. Saleh, for all his injuries to deal with, and the mismatching of players to positions, never sees the obvious. Like Bruce Allen getting torched for 2 quarters while GB ran up the score, Saleh never rolled a safety over to help.
Shanny for his part seems allergic to throwing on 1st down. He NEVER took a deep shot yet again. Well, they tried ONCE with The Beater and his one play, and he underthrew terribly a wide open Rick James on a simple go route. It should have been an easy TD but it was batted harmlessly away.
But, whatever. yes we are injured, but you see plays over and over where someone (McKinnon) misses a blitz pickup, or a linebacker comes in free. Our misadventures at center continue with Hruss the Goose being shunted aside as Brunskill learns the new position. Westie really is missed badly. Shit, even Ben Garland was coming on as being a capable backup. But in the year of the injury, they are all out.
So, the hope was to get some sort of healthy after the bye, but it appears to just be a respite from the upcoming carnage. Mostert could be back, Sherm, and Deebo too, but it shouldn’t make that much difference. The defense isn’t going to fold, but it isn’t going to stop anyone.
What is so annoying is looking at AZ and seeing a team that is kicking ass and having fun. Much like us last year. seattle still hasn’t fallen off the map, and they will get killed in the playoffs, but they are still a top-tier team. The Rams have found their mojo again, and while they are not gonna win it all this year, they are a young team having fun as well.
Last week’s game got the the point of being unwatchable due to the absolute shit-show put on by the offense. Like so many of the past teams these last 20 years. Something that really pisses me off. We MIGHT be able to beat Alex Smith and the No-Skins, but that is about it. The Cowboys? Who knows? I’m thinking best-case is 1-5. Better case is 0-6.