Not sure what it takes to get yourself fired in the NFL as these positions seem to be fairly carved in stone, but what is the deal with the special teams coach? I’m sure Richard Hightower is a good guy and is trying his best, but in the past 2 games, the special teams have been responsible for giving up 20 points. Missed field goals are one thing, but giving up a 73 yard fake punt with no one getting a hand on the guy is awful. The week before we gave up a 102 yard KO return for a TD.
Trent Cannon fumbled away a punt twice on the same play. Aiyuk makes fair catches inside the 10 yard line all the time. Him running backwards after catching the ball on the 9 was brilliant, but at least he didn’t fumble.
Hey, let’s try Travis Benjamin as a KO retuner! OK. Fumble on his 1st try. Kickoff coverage was terrible in the Seattle game and we all know what happened in the Minnesota game. Wishnowski has been punting pretty badly these days. Kickoff and punt coverage in general has been spotty.
Not that this is the only problem with the team, but this has been the most obvious. Jimmy G throwing picks is no new thing, and he is the model of inconsistency. Defensively, the same. They forced 3 3-and-outs in a row vs Seattle, but then gave up the ghost. Mainly because Emmanuel Moseley went down with a high ankle sprain. One that will keep him out for the rest of the year. Uh oh.
So, good news folks! We are going against the high-flying Bengals with our shitty backup cornerbacks Josh (call me Magnum PI) Norman, and Dontae (call me sourdough, I’m toast) Johnson. Shouldn’t be a problem.
Mainly because the NFL referees seem to have been given a mandate not to call holding penalties on whoever is facing off against Nick Bosa. Bosa is having a stellar season despite being held on about 80% of his rushes. Meanwhile Laken Tomlinson gets a holding call while doing nothing but standing near a DE. Got to love those Seattle refs.
This may be an ugly one unless we can control the clock by running. Oh yeah, Mitchell is in the concussion protocol. Wilson? Hasty? Hofer?