Pyrrhic Victories Are Getting Old

UPDATE: The 49ers have signed free agent CB Dre Kirkpatrick, recently of the AZ Cardinals where he had 56 tackles, 7 passes defensed, and 3 picks last season.

A bad thing happened on they way to a laugher win in Detroit. With the game seemingly in hand at 38-10, and the starting D line getting a rest, Jason Verrett blew out his ACL backpedaling on a fairly routine pass play to his side. it was a huge blow to the team as Verrett was disconsolate on the sidelines. The defense rallied around him as he then struggled to get to the locker room amid the tears of frustration and pain.

His loss took the wind out of the sails of a team that was cruising through an easy romp. Detroit stormed back with 2 quick TD scores in the 4th and were threatening for the tying score amongst the botched onsides kick recovery and a fumble on what would have been a game-sealing 1st down for Deebo Samuel as the game wound down.

A win is a win, especially on the road, but this was the hapless Detroit Lions and Jared Goff. A team that thought they would get better by getting a lousier quarterback. The Niners took care of business for the most part through the first 3 quarters, minus some big runs early, a fumble on the first offensive snap, and the loss of Raheem Mostert on the 2nd offensive snap. Good thing we drafted a couple running backs. Trey Selmon didn’t even dress for the game. I guess they figured they could get Mostert through a game, but alas . . .

The offensive stars were plenty. Gimmy passed for 314 yards on 17-25 passing, Deebo Samuel caught 9 passes for a whopping 189 yards, including a solid single-coverage read by Jimmy that resulted in a 78 yard TD catch and run, Eli Mitchell ran 19 times for 104 yards, including a 38 yard scamper that saw George Kittle take out two Lions, and Trey Lance went 1-1 for 5 yards and a score to super preseason standout Trent Sherfield, a guy who passed up Brandon Aiyuk on the WR depth chart.

The defense played well enough, including a 4th and 1 stop, decent pressure most of the game (when Bosa and Ford were in), a pick 6 by Dre Greenlaw after consistent pressure from Dee Ford, who had a sack as well, K Street’s first sack as a Niner, and a sack by Nick Bosa.

As devastating as the injury was, Kyle Shanahan issued a pretty strong mea culpa to the press after the game saying he went too conservative and took out his starters (mainly Ford and Bosa) too early. Unfortunately it didn’t work out with Verrett, and Shanahan noted it really shook up the team to see Verrett, a guy who has worked his ass off for 3 years now, lose his season in the 1st game.

As much as I want to get down on the new DC DeMeco Ryans for the failure in the 4th quarter, it is safe to say the team was crushed by the Verrett injury and lost their focus. Add in the fact that the defense had gone to the 2nd string midway through the 3rd quarter, a bad bounce on the Preston Riley-esque onsides kick, and the Samuel fumble, it turned out a lot worse that it should have. Although still a win. Wash this off, and move on to Philly. Thankfully a grass field.

At some point the NFL needs to mandate grass fields. In yet another disastrous opening game for the 49ers, the team lost two starters to non-contact injuries. Word is we may bring back Richard Sherman. Mostert’s loss will be mitigated by Trey Sermon.

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24 Responses to Pyrrhic Victories Are Getting Old

  1. Joe Flaccoh says:

    Well, look at it this way. At least you guys finally know how Ravens fans felt after Super Bowl XLVII

  2. Winder says:

    It doesn’t look like we’ve shook the injury bug at all. It wouldn’t surprise me if we lose a player every game. We have a real talented team on both sides of the ball hopefully we can stay healthy at least for a little while. I hope Sherman comes back he’s really good for the players and sparks the team.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Raiders showing some heart. I’m a little surprised.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Damn. Raiders tie it with 2 seconds left on a 55 yard FG.

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    Is that A/T in the LV field? Why would you build a new stadium and have A/T. Desert 🌵 no water in a drought?

  6. NJ49ER says:

    WOW….RIP Parys Haralson

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Saw that yesterday. Sad. Solid enough linebacker 10 years ago. Man, way too young.

  8. 12th Man says:

    Mostert is done for the year. 2 snaps.

  9. alleykat69 says:

    Could be the end of Mostert’s career just to many injuries for a 29 year old back..
    So the 49ers go out and sign Kerryon Johnson to the practice squad, though knee ailments have slowed him down he’s still only 24, so nice flier on a former high pick.. Crazy what’s going on already in Shanny’s RB scenario, Is it Mitchell ? Sermon? Are should we not be Hasty? even with Johnson now..

    • 12th Man says:

      1 game 2 starters, dejavu all over again.
      Niners have to cut bait with both of them. Talented but fragile. No next season with the 9ers for those guys.

    • unca_chuck says:

      It’ll likely be Sermon and Mitchell with Hasty backing up. Unless Sermon is just not getting it. I have no idea why Sermon was a scratch last week.

    • Unca chuck says:

      We should be fine with Sermon and Mitchell. Mostert is just unlucky/injury prone. Vervet is a bigger worry as we were already thin at CB. Philly has 3 speedy young WRa, including rookie phenom in waiting DaVonta Smith.

      At least they play on grass.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Mostert I wasn’t really counting on given his track record. We have Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell. Verrett is a killer. We were thin at CB before he got hurt. Now we have the Eagles and their fast WRs in rookie phenom DeVonta Smith and 2nd year guys Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins.

    Unless we get steady and sustained pressure all day, these guys may kill us on the back end.

    • Winder says:

      I was hoping to get at least a few weeks out of him. He lasted what 2 plays. Our Oline is a strength once they start going we are done.

  11. alleykat69 says:

    There’s something that really stinks in both the Sermon not activate and Aiyuk not starting.There was a rumor floating around they both missed curfew not substantiated though.But to bench your #3 drafted RB prior to the game with no real update for FF owners is beyond bizzare.Shanny doesn’t really give a shit about any of his RB’s thinking their all interchangeable for 2-3 games at a time, which is the wrong approach imo..RBBC is BS

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Don’t think it’s a big deal. Mostert is the starter and they figured he could get through a game. They were wrong. Aiyuk is dealing with a sore hamstring. As far as missing curfew goes, if so, they dealt with it.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Mostert out for the year. Shocked? Not shocked.

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